Welsh FM de­fends ac­tion in abuse case

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By DAVID HUGHES

Welsh First Min­is­ter Car­wyn Jones has said he acted “by the book” and had “no al­ter­na­tive” over al­le­ga­tions against for­mer as­sem­bly mem­ber Carl Sargeant who was found dead on Tues­day.

Mr Jones faced calls to quit after Mr Sargeant’s fam­ily claimed the for­mer Welsh gov­ern­ment min­is­ter had been de­nied “nat­u­ral jus­tice” be­cause he was un­aware of the de­tailed na­ture of the al­le­ga­tions against him.

Mr Sargeant is un­der­stood to have taken his own life and an emo­tional Mr Jones said “th­ese are the dark­est days any of us can re­mem­ber”.

But in a state­ment he said: “I quite prop­erly did all that I could to make sure that ev­ery­thing was be­ing done by the book. I had no al­ter­na­tive.”

Mr Sargeant, 49, was fac­ing al­le­ga­tions of “un­wanted at­ten­tion, in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing or grop­ing” and was sacked from his min­is­te­rial role by Mr Jones and sus­pended by the Labour Party on Fri­day.

Mr Sargeant’s fam­ily said his dis­tress at be­ing un­able to de­fend him­self prop­erly meant he was not af­forded “nat­u­ral jus­tice”.

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