Former police chief calls for new look at Chhokar case

ONE of the senior officers in charge of the investigation into the murder of an Asian man more than 13 years ago has called for a fresh inquiry into the case, which was never solved.

Graeme Pearson, formerly Assistant Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police, said the death of Surjit Singh Chhokar, which drew comparisons with the Stephen Lawrence case, was “unfinished business” and called for Scotland’s Crown Office to reconsider investigating what remains one of Britain’s most notorious unsolved murders.

Father-of-two Mr Chhokar, 32, a waiter, was stabbed to death in Overton, Lanarkshire, in 1998 after a confrontation with a group of white men. Despite two High Court trials, in which the three accused blamed each other, no-one was convicted.

After a judicial inquiry into the case, former Lord Advocate Colin Boyd, QC, apologised for “incompetence, ignorance and institutional racism” in the way police and prosecutors had dealt with the murder.

The Chhokar family lawyer, Aamer Anwar, has already said he will ask the Crown Office to reopen the inquiry into the killing following the reform of double jeopardy laws that stopped the same person being tried twice for the same offence.

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