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REPORT OF THE INQUIRY INTO THE LIAISON ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE POLICE, THE PROCURATOR FISCAL SERVICE AND THE CROWN OFFICE AND THE FAMILY OF THE DECEASED SURJIT SINGH CHHOKAR IN CONNECTION WITH THE MURDER OF SURJIT SINGH CHHOKAR AND THE RELATED PROSECUTIONS

BY DR RAJ JANDOO, ADVOCATE

VOLUME 1: REPORT

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SP Paper 424

Session 1(2001)

 

This Report is laid before the Scottish Parliament by Scottish Ministers and is published by the Clerk of the Scottish Parliament under the authority of the Parliament in accordance with a resolution of the Parliament of [24/25 October 2001]

Letter from Raj Jandoo

 

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Chronicle of Events

THE MURDER

PROCEDURAL HISTORY

The Police

THE POLICE ENQUIRY

RACIAL MOTIVATION

THE RELEASE OF INFORMATION BY THE POLICE

The Police and the Family

FIRST CONTACT WITH THE FAMILY

SELECTION AND BRIEFING OF FAMILY LIAISON OFFICERS

FIRST LIAISON VISIT TO THE FAMILY

ARREST OF THE SUSPECTS

THE QUESTION OF CREMATION

FROM THE POLICE INVESTIGATION TO THE FIRST TRIAL

POLICE FAMILY LIAISON: FINAL MEETING WITH THE FAMILY

The Procurator Fiscal, the Crown Office and the Family

INTIMATION OF THE MURDER TO THE PROCURATOR FISCAL

PROCURATOR FISCAL'S OFFICE: THE FIRST WEEK

PROCURATOR FISCAL'S OFFICE: UP TO THE FIRST TRIAL

THE FIRST TRIAL

REACTION TO THE TRIAL

FROM MAY 1999 TO OCTOBER 2000

PREPARATIONS FOR THE SECOND TRIAL

THE SECOND TRIAL: FIRST WEEK

THE SECOND TRIAL: REMAINING PROCEEDINGS

Emerging Themes and Later Developments

INSTITUTIONAL RACISM

INSTITUTIONAL RACISM: CROWN OFFICE AND PROCURATOR FISCAL SERVICE

INSTITUTIONAL RACISM: THE POLICE

VICTIM SUPPORT

POLICE FAMILY LIAISON: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

INTERPRETERS

LEGAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Internal Reports

THE CROWN OFFICE INTERNAL REPORT

THE POLICE INTERNAL REVIEW

Conclusion

CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Volume 2

APPENDICES

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