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Kriss Donald killer's lawyer withdraws from appeal case

Imran Shahid
Shahid has been granted time to seek alternative legal representation

The lawyer of a notorious killer appealing against his conviction for the racist murder of schoolboy Kriss Donald has withdrawn from the case.

Imran Shahid is serving a minimum of 25 years for his part in the brutal murder of the 15-year-old in March 2004.

He was due to have a hearing at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh ahead of a full legal challenge.

Andrew Lamb QC told the judges that Shahid, 33, wanted to seek alternative legal representation.

Lady Paton, sitting with Lord Clarke and Lady Cosgrove, agreed to continue the proceedings to allow him to get new lawyers.

Mr Lamb said: "I regret to inform the court that during the course of the morning it has become apparent that the appellant has lost confidence in the manner in which he is being represented."

He said Shahid was dissatisfied with the basis on which he was prepared to conduct the proceedings.

Additional grounds

The has court previously heard that Shahid was seeking to have additional grounds brought in to the appeal, including a claim that a witness at his trial was terrified to name the real killers.

Shahid, his brother Zeeshan Shahid, 32, and Faisal Mushtaq, 34, were all sentenced to life in November 2006 after being found guilty of murdering Kriss Donald.

The schoolboy was abducted from Pollokshields in Glasgow and later stabbed and set on fire.

His body was found by the Clyde walkway in the east end of the city.

As part of his appeal Shahid claims that Daanish Zahid, who was also convicted of the murder in separate proceedings, was frightened to name the perpetrators at his trial.

It is alleged that Zahid, 25, who is serving a minimum of 17 years for his part in the killing, was bullied and threatened into giving false evidence.

Faisal Mushtaq and Zeeshan Shahid abandoned their plans to appeal against the minimum jail terms of 22 and 23 years imposed on them last year.

No date was set for a further hearing in Imran Shahid's case.

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