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Carl Sargeant Allegations, Death Shake Wales

Carl Sargeant Allegations, Death Shake Wales

File photo dated Sept. 13, 2011, of former Welsh government minister Carl Sargeant. (Benjamin Wright/Press Association via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 08 November 2017 01:11 PM

Carl Sargeant faced allegations of harassment and reportedly took his own life Tuesday after being suspended as a minister in the Welsh Assembly.

The incident has raised questions about how the matter was addressed, amid reports that the politician did not know the details of the allegations he faced, The Guardian reported.

Sargeant was found dead at his home in Connah's Quay in North Wales after Labour announced the investigation into his conduct on Friday, according to The Telegraph. First Welsh Minister Carwyn Jones said, according to The Telegraph, that Sargeant was being investigated over a "number of incidents" after women came forward with allegations.

Sargeant, 49, learned of the charges against him from Jones and issued a statement Friday, The Guardian said.

"I met the first minister and he informed me allegations had been made about my personal conduct, which was shocking and distressing to me," Sargeant said in the statement, according to The Guardian. "The details of the allegations have yet to be disclosed to me. I have written to the general secretary of Welsh Labour requesting an urgent independent investigation into these allegations in order to allow me to clear my name.

"Given the nature of the allegations, I agreed with the first minister that it was right that I stand aside from cabinet. I look forward to returning to government once my name has been cleared," the statement continued.

Sargeant, who served as cabinet secretary for communities and children, was found dead by his family Tuesday, the BBC News reported.

"He wasn't simply a part of our family," Sargeant's family said in a statement. "He was the glue that bound us together. He was the most kind and caring husband, father, son and friend. We are devastated beyond words, and we know our grief will be shared by all those who knew and loved him."

The Labour's shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler had called for an independent review of the process Wednesday, but told the BBC News later that "everything that should have happened, happened."

Jenny Rathbone, Labour AM for Cardiff Central, told BBC Radio Wales she felt Sargeant "wasn't dealt with fairly."

"If allegations are made against you, you must know what they are so that you can respond to them," Rathbone said, per the BBC News.

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