By Tim Saunders on
Annie Lennox is encouraging people to sign a new petition that aims to change laws concerning Scottish people who die abroad.
Under current laws, there is no mandatory investigation of cases where Scottish people are killed while overseas, which leaves many grieving families without answers of their loved ones’ last movements. This was highlighted by a recent case involving Scottish teenager Colin Love, who was drowned off the coast of Venezuela earlier this year. His family and friends are frustrated the Scottish coroner did not hold a fatal accident investigation into his death, a frustration that makes his death more difficult to grieve.
Colin’s mother is behind a new petition calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to give the same level of protection to the families of people from Scotland who die abroad as is currently in place for people from England by amending the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Enquiries (Scotland) Act 1976 to require the holding of a fatal accident enquiry when a person from Scotland dies abroad.
“I recently received a letter from Dr Kenneth Faulds, explaining the tragic circumstances of Colin Love’s death, and the resultant complex situation with regard to an inquest under Scottish law,” said Annie Lennox. “I can think of absolutely no reason why anyone would not be in full support of a petition to the Scottish Parliament, and my name will be on the list. I wish Dr Faulds and Colin’s mother, Julie Love, every success with the campaign.”
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