Calls for 'Scottish Stephen Lawrence' case to be reopened

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One of Britain's most notorious unsolved murders – the fatal stabbing of an Asian man by a group of white men – should be re-investigated, according to the senior police officer who led the case.

Surjit Singh Chhokar, who became known as "Scotland's Stephen Lawrence", was stabbed through the heart after a confrontation with the group in 1998 but nobody was ever successfully prosecuted. Three men blamed each other in two trials. An inquiry labelled police and prosecutors "institutionally racist" and the crime scarred relations with black and Asian communities for a decade. Graeme Pearson, formerly Assistant Chief Constable of Strathclyde, told The Independent the case was "unfinished business" and called for Scotland's Crown Office to reconsider it.