Police probe Anas Sarwar death threat

Labour MSP Anas Sarwar. Picture: John Devlin
Labour MSP Anas Sarwar. Picture: John Devlin
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POLICE are investigating after Labour General Election candidate Anas Sarwar received a death threat on his answering machine.

The message threatening to shoot the former Scottish Labour deputy leader was left on the machine of his Glasgow office between April 8 and 10.

Mr Sarwar is standing to hold his seat for Glasgow Central.

Police Scotland said that inquiries are ongoing.

A police spokesman said: “Police received a report of a threatening message being left on the voicemail of Anas Sarwar. Police inquiries are currently ongoing.”

Fellow politicians have condemned the threat.

Scottish Labour deputy leader Kezia Dugdale said: “These types of threats have no place in our society.

“No-one, politician or otherwise, should have to face threats of violence. What has it come to when people seeking to be part of the democratic process face threats of this nature?

“Anas Sarwar has a family who will rightly be concerned and staff who should, at all times, be able to go to work without fear of violence.

“In the face of threats we have to stand together and unite in our condemnation of this vile and disgusting behaviour.

“Anas Sarwar is a popular local figure and this sort of threat will not deter him.”

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy tweeted: “Nobody should have to put up with vile threats like this. @AnasSarwar won’t be deterred.”