We Demand Justice for Sheku Bayoh, We Demand to Know the TRUTH.
cousin Sheku Bayoh was detained in police custody in Kircaldy, near
Edinburgh, Scotland on Sunday 3 May. He did not leave police custody
Following is a statement from the Bayoh family:
“Our son and brother Sheku Ahmed Tejan Bayoh was only 31 years old
when he was suddenly and cruelly taken from us. His mother and three
sisters are devastated and still in shock. He has also left 2 small sons
aged 3 and 3 months and a loving partner. Their loss along with ours is
‘Shek’ as he was fondly known was a warm friendly and gentle person.
Just a few hours earlier he was at his niece’s birthday party and
sending his big sister a text message to wish her Happy Birthday. She
didn’t know that would also be the last time she would hear from him.
We still do not know how Shek died. All we know is that he was taken
into police custody in the early hours of Sunday morning. Now he is dead
. His family and friends want to know how and why. We are disappointed,
hurt and upset that the police refuse to give us clear information of
what occurred. We need Shek to rest and then his family can also begin
to heal. We cannot do this until the truth is known.
No family ever thinks that this will happen to them. We cannot have
Shek back in our lives. Now that he is gone all we want now is to know
the truth and to have justice for Shek. We, his family and friends,
everyone who loved him deserves that.
We all have grave concerns at the role of Police Scotland and are
asking the Lord Advocate and the PIRC to help us get the truth.
In demanding justice for Shek, we hope that justice can also be had
for other families who have suffered in similar ways. Our strength is
the love of his family and friends. We will continue to fight for
justice and the truth.”
The police in their statement during the press conference
(Thursday 14 May) were adamant ‘we have nothing to apologise for’. Yet
we still remain in the dark about what happened to Shek.
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Over a year later – PIRC have finally submitted a report!
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