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Wednesday, July 28, 1999 Published at 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK


Night club 'turned away' Asians

Night club Archaos was subjected to a race test

A student has told the Glasgow night club race case how he watched as a succession of Asians were refused entry to a disco by bouncers.

Naveed Ramzan also said the Archaos club was not the only one in Scotland to operate an alleged racist policy.

BBC Scotland's Reevel Alderson reports on the case
He was giving evidence in a civil action by the Commission for Racial Equality against Stefan King, the owner of Archaos and the adjoining Yo-Yo's.

In a unique case, the Commission wants Sheriff Kevin Drummond QC to declare that Mr King's alleged refusal to allow Asians into the club is unlawful and against the Race Relations Act.

Mr Ramzan, 25, from Dunblane, told Glasgow Sheriff Court he had been a regular at the club for several months when he went for a night out with two friends on 19 March last year.

[ image: Owner Stephan King]
Owner Stephan King
Mr Ramzan said when they got to the front of the queue for entry to Archaos, he was told by a door steward that he could not go inside because he was not a regular.

"I had been on numerous occasions. Thursday night is a student night and at that time I was a student - I used to go every second Thursday," he told the court.

He said he was so angry at being refused entry, he went across the road and saw another 22 coloured clubbers rejected in 18 minutes.

"Between 11.30pm and just after 11.45pm, I counted. I saw every other Asian in the queue rejected without question," he said.

"At the time there was a congregation of other Asians who had been rejected standing to one side. Most Asians knew at that point they would not gain entry but they were checking just to see if they could get in."

Earlier Najeemi Parveen for the Commission for Racial Equality defended a trap they had laid for the club after claims its owner operated an anti-Asian policy.

[ image: Jason Wotherspoon: Allegations]
Jason Wotherspoon: Allegations
The test involved a group of white men and a group of Asian men, of similar age and similarly dressed, trying to enter the club.

All of the white males were allegedly admitted but the Asians were told they were not regulars and were turned away.

Advocate Rory Anderson, who is representing club boss Stephan King, dismissed the test on the third day of a hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

He argued that to draw proper conclusions there should have been a dozen tests on different days and at different times.

The test was arranged by Ms Parveen following allegations from former steward Jason Wotherspoon.

Mr Wotherspoon earlier told Sheriff Kevin Drummond QC he was ordered to turn Asian people away or face the sack, and said he felt ashamed.

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