Police Scotland have confirmed they’re looking into a complaint about death threats and racist abuse targeted at Health Secretary Humza Yousaf.
A spokesperson said on Monday: “We have received a complaint and our enquiries are ongoing.”
Over the weekend Mr Yousaf said the abuse came from “someone extremely deranged” after receiving a series of emails from the same address, with threats to kill him and behead him.
He indicated that he would be reporting the messages to police.
The Dundee-based politician posted screenshots and said: “This flurry of racist abuse and death threats is clearly from someone extremely deranged and luckily this level of threat is rare.
He also thanked well-wishers for an outpouring of support, saying “the voices of good always outweigh the bad.”
The incident comes a month after Mr Yousaf and his wife Nadia El-Nakla received a torrent of racist abuse after launching legal action against Little Scholars Nursery in Broughty Ferry.
The couple claim their two-year-old daughter was refused a place at Little Scholars because of her ethnic-sounding name, and are currently awaiting the outcome of this action and a Care Inspectorate investigation.
The nursery rejects the family’s allegations.