• January 22, 2021

The Celtic League have written to the CPT to highlight new evidence relating to the death in custody of Sheku Bayoh:


Dear Ms Gordon

I contacted the CPT on behalf of the Celtic League in May 2015 in relation to the death of Sheku Bayoh who died while being arrested by Officers of Police Scotland. In June the CPT replied to say it would consider the result of any developments surrounding enquiries into the case.

I draw your attention to the attached programme (BBC Panorama) which has exposed new evidence relating to the death which contradicts the evidence so far provided by the Officers of Police Scotland who affected the arrest.

I would register our concern as an accredited UN NGO committed to human rights that deaths in Police Custody in the United Kingdom continue to occur. The Celtic League has over almost three decades now highlighted cases involving members of the Black and also other indigenous communities in the United Kingdom.

I trust the CPT will treat the new information in the Bayoh case with concern especially as the witness who has now gone public avers that his evidence given just a few days after the events surrounding Mr Bayoh death appears to have been side lined by the initial enquiry

Links: BBC Scotland & BBC Panorama:




Bernard Moffatt

Assistant General Secretary”

Image: CPT building Council of Europe

Celtic League (19th January 2021)

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