MP Natalie McGarry Questioned In Turkey

25 February 2016, 15:51

Scottish MP Natalie McGarry was detained and questioned by Turkish security forces on a visit to the country, her lawyer has confirmed.

The Glasgow East politician wrote on Twitter that she was "safe and absolutely fine" after reports emerged she had been detained in the country.

A statement from her solicitor Aamer Anwar said: "I can confirm that Natalie McGarry MP was questioned earlier on today but was released shortly thereafter and is grateful to everybody for their messages of support.

"It appears that a member of the Turkish security forces became alarmed as Natalie had her mobile phone out near a security check point.

"She was taken away for questioning and it was subsequently explained that she was simply recording the sound of bombs falling across the border in Syria.''

He said no further statement would be made and the MP would be returning home soon.

Ms McGarry tweeted: "Thank you for any concerns, but I am safe and absolutely fine."

A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "A British national was briefly detained and released in Diyarbakir, Turkey.

"Our embassy staff were in close contact with local authorities.''