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Cops in dark over deportation.

PRISON and police bosses in Scotland still do not know if any released prisoners should have been handed over to the authorities for deportation.

They are trying to establish if they have been caught up in the Home Office deportation bungle.

First Minister Jack McConnell said yesterday he was "disappointed and angry" the Executive and authorities had not been informed by the Home Office if any Scottish prisoners were involved in the blunder. The Home Office have admitted 1023 prisoners were released back into the community when they should have been passed on to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate for deportation.

McConnell admitted that the Executive had only been made aware of the crisis in the last 48 hours.

It came after SNP Holyrood leader Nicola Sturgeon asked the First Minister how many of the 1023 were in Scotland and what efforts were being made to track them down.

McConnell said: "The Home Office don't release the details of individual cases and that is clearly a complication in clarifying this matter for the public. But of course I share any public concern that there will be."

He said that in the past year, 188 foreign nationals had left Scottish prisons, of whom 26 were released into the custody of the IND for deportation.


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 28, 2006
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