Statement published

Following publication of the decisions of the Solicitor General and Deputy Chief Constable with regard to undertakings, Lord Bracadale, Chair of the Inquiry, said:

“I acknowledge the decisions of the Solicitor General and Deputy Chief Constable, published today, in respect of the request for undertakings.

“It is a matter entirely for the Solicitor General and Deputy Chief Constable whether or not to give the undertakings sought. I note that the Solicitor General has left open the possibility of revisiting the issue of whether to give undertakings on an individual basis to officers involved. Consequently, I will now seek statements from each of the officers to ascertain how much information they are willing to provide to the Inquiry without undertakings from the Solicitor General. Once those statements have been obtained by my team, I will assess how best to proceed.  

“The Inquiry is fully committed to ascertaining the truth of how Sheku Bayoh died on 03 May 2015 and will keep all options open with a view to retrieving the fullest possible evidence in relation to events that day. The Inquiry has already obtained statements previously provided by the officers as part of more than 30,000 pieces of evidence currently being considered.” 

Read Lord Bracadale’s ruling of 01 March 2022.

Read the Solicitor General’s letter to Lord Bracadale and the letter from the DCC.