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Your Reference PO 9967/1
June 26, 2001
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
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.
cc Mrs Lait
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