93c Venner Road, Sydenham, London SE26 5HU. 020 8659 7713 E-Mail A_Baron@ABaron.Demon.Co.UK Your Reference PO 9967/1 June 26, 2001 Dear Sir, I have just received your undated letter to Mrs Lait MP with the above reference. While this provides useful information it does not address the question I wrote to Paul Boateng in connection with. To make sure there can be no ambiguity, I will spell it out for you: Satpal Ram's supporters have claimed repeatedly that he has been subjected to systematic physical and psychological abuse. Among other things they have circulated through the Internet and main- stream media a photograph of his face which they claim - or infer - was the result of brutality by prison officers. They claim that on at least one occasion the police have been called in to in- vestigate such allegations. I am writing to ask what is the Home Office position on these allegations. I am not asking for a detailed answer but some sort of reply is surely in order. I would also like to know why the Prisons Minister ignored the three letters I sent him: the first was posted; the second was delivered by hand to the House; the third was E-mailed. They were all couched in moderate language, and it is surely incumbent upon a Minister to reply to a member of the public on such an issue without having to pester his MP. Yours sincerely, A Baron cc Mrs Lait
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