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No inquiry over Glasgow asylum seeker deaths, rules Crown Office

Issue No. 2316

The Crown Office has decided it is “not in the public interest” to hold a fatal accident inquiry into the deaths of three asylum seekers in Glasgow.

Tatiana Serykh, her husband Serguei and son Stepan died after falling 15 floors at the Red Road flats in March 2010. They died the day their asylum application was turned down. The decision had left them destitute.

There was no doubt that the family killed themselves, and nobody physically pushed them or was in the room threatening them. This means there is no strict legal requirement to hold an official inquiry into the surrounding circumstances.

Margaret Woods of Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees said, “If three people throw themselves to their death it must be in the public interest to know why.

“The decision not to investigate is shocking. It comes just at the point where another 50 are being made destitute. What is going on causes enormous trauma.”

Last week Ypeople, the organisation that has been responsible for housing asylum seekers, announced that it is to evict all its remaining destitute asylum seekers.

It will serve notice on the 50 or so people before the housing contract is handed over to multinational Serco. The contract has now been subcontracted to letting agency Orchard and Shipman.

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Tue 14 Aug 2012, 17:44 BST
Issue No. 2316
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