Man arrested over ‘racist’ letter sent to Labour MSP Anas Sarwar

Labour MSP Anas Sarwar. Picture: John Devlin
Labour MSP Anas Sarwar. Picture: John Devlin
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A man has been arrested and charged after an allegedly racially abusive letter was sent to Labour MSP Anas Sarwar.

The 68-year-old man has been released but will appear in court at a later date.

Mr Sarwar has launched a cross-party group on tackling racism and Islamophobia at the Scottish Parliament. He recently spoke out about his experience of racism and Islamophobia while he was a candidate for the Scottish Labour leadership, saying an elected member told him that “Scotland wouldn’t vote for a brown Muslim Paki”.

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A Police Scotland spokesman said: “A 68-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with sending a letter to a Labour MSP which has allegedly racially abusive content. He has been released on an undertaking to appear at court at a later date and a report will be submitted to the procurator-fiscal.”