Humza Yousaf MSP will tomorrow help launch a public appeal for information in the case of the Surjit Singh Chhokar, who was murdered in 1998.
No-one has ever been found guilty of the brutal murder of Mr Chhokar with various failures in the justice system being highlighted at the time. Humza will be joined in the Scottish Parliament by the family’s solicitor Aamer Anwar, Graham Pearson MSP and a member of the Chhokar family.
Commenting Yousaf said: “The Chhokar family have been pursuing justice for their son for over the last 13 years with the same dignity and tenacity as the parents of Stephen Lawrence; however the killers have so far evaded justice.
“The changes to double jeopardy were a victory for common sense and I am pleased to hear that the Crown Office will be reviewing a number of cold cases – I have no doubt the Chhokar case will be one of those being reviewed.
“Although the flaws in the original trial process should be sufficient to reopen this case, we will be appealing to members of the public to cast their minds back to that fateful day in November 1998. Any piece of information, regardless of how small and seemingly insignificant could help catch those who have thus far evaded justice.
“I appreciate the positive stance being taken by the Crown Office and would urge them to reopen the tragic case of Surjit Singh Chhokar as a matter of priority. Those killers who committed this heinous crime should be sleeping uneasy in their beds, they will be caught and I am confident justice will be done for Mr Chhokar and his long-suffering family.”