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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 12 March, 2003, 12:24 GMT
Legal pledge on race crime
Solicitor General Elish Angiolini QC
Elish Angiolini: "We are not complacent"
Scotland's solicitor general has restated the Crown Office's commitment to tackling racially motivated crime.

Speaking at a conference on race relations in Glasgow, Elish Angiolini QC sought to reassure people feeling vulnerable during current tensions over a possible war with Iraq.

She pledged that racially motivated crimes would be dealt with "vigorously" by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).

The solicitor general's address to the Ethnic Minorities Law Centre (EMLC) followed a similar statement at the Commission for Racial Equality in Edinburgh last week.

Ms Angiolini said: "Given the current international tension, I believe it is very important that I make clear the seriousness with which we treat racially motivated crime.

'Safety and security'

"Ethnic minority communities may be feeling more vulnerable at the moment and I want to underline our determination that racially motivated crime will not damage the safety and security of our communities.

"We will continue to deal vigorously with racially motivated crime."

The solicitor general also set out progress on the implementation of the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000.

"We are committed to taking forward the provisions of the act and have made significant strides already," she said.

We are in this for the long term and will continue to review and assess our progress to ensure we are on track
Solicitor General Elish Angiolini QC

"I believe this is key to achieving the lord advocate's vision of a modern, effective prosecution service responsive to and understanding of the needs of all the communities we serve.

"We are not complacent, however, and recognise that there is still much to be done.

"We are in this for the long term and will continue to review and assess our progress to ensure we are on track."

The EMLC and COPFS recently began a joint training initiative to promote closer understanding of racial issues between the organisations.




SEE ALSO:
Scale of race problem revealed
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