Elaine Murray MSP has used First Ministers questions to ask Alex Salmond about the handling of Khalil Dale's kidnapping and subsequent murder. In the Scottish Parliament she said:
"I do appreciate the need for discretion regarding the information made publicly available by the Red Cross while attempting to secure Mr Dale's release and the continuing need not to let publicity to interfere with solving this brutal crime, but I wonder if the First Minister is able to provide any comfort to Mr Dale's family and friend's regarding what actions were taken after the 26th of January and indeed if he has any information about who may be responsible for his abduction.
– Elaine Murray MSP
"Any I wonder how we in Scotland can assist with solving this crime. For example, has any consideration been given to providing a reward for information leading to prosecution of the perpetrators?"
In Response the First Minister, Alex Salmond explained that The FCO and International Community of the Red Cross worked tirelessly with their collective resources to secure Khalil Dale's release. He said it was easy to say things could have been done differently and added:
– Alex Salmond, First Minister
"We have no reason to suppose as a Scottish Government that the Foreign Office did not act in the best interests of Khalil Dale in allowing the International Committee of the Red Cross to take the lead that was the request from the organisation. The responsibility that was claimed was well publicised and public declared, we have no reason to suppose that is not an accurate assessment and we will look carefully at any contribution we could make which would help the security of Scottish aid workers working internationally.