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Rennie demands FAI of M9 crash three years on

July 8, 2018 9:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today written to the Lord Advocate urging him to ensure that a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into the tragic M9 crash is conducted as soon as possible.

It has now been three years since the deaths of John Yuill and Lamara Bell on the M9 in July 2015.

Mr Rennie wrote:

"I write regarding the need to conduct a Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) to fully establish the circumstances surrounding the deaths of John Yuill and Lamara Bell on the M9 in July 2015.

"You will recall that your predecessor, Rt Hon Frank Mulholland QC, advised me on 1 March 2016 that he considered it "inconceivable" that an FAI would not be conducted given the public concern over this tragedy. In January, you told me at Parliament that "considerable progress" has been made in this case.

"It has now been three years since this tragic incident. Their families, the police and the public need answers. They have waited for too long already.

"It is critical lessons are learnt and we need a full FAI into these events to provide clarity and help prevent it ever happening again.

"I appreciate that this case needs to be fully investigated. However, I would urge you to ensure that this process is being completed as soon as possible to allow for an FAI to be triggered at the earliest opportunity."