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Friday, 14 December, 2001, 23:37 GMT
Firsat Dag murder trial: Timeline
Asylum seekers
Asylum seekers held a vigil in Firsat Dag's memory
Scott Burrell has been sentenced to life in prison at the High Court in Glasgow for the murder of Kurdish asylum seeker Firsat Dag in August 2001.

BBC News Online Scotland traces the route to trial and conviction and the social fallout from the murder.

5 August 2001: Firsat Dag, 25, is fatally stabbed in a park in the Sighthill area of Glasgow while returning home from a night out with a 16-year-old friend.

6 August 2001 Hundreds of asylum seekers and anti-racism protesters march to Glasgow's George Square with trade unionists and members of the public to attend an emotion-charged vigil for Mr Dag.

Race campaigner Aamer Anwar tells the crowd: "The majority of people in Glasgow are outraged at what happened on Saturday night and what is happening in this community.

"The reason we are having this vigil is to show the people of Glasgow we do care and to show the asylum seekers that they are welcome in this city."

That night more than 200 local residents gather in Sighthill to voice their anger at what they claim is preferential treatment given to asylum seekers housed in the area.

7 August 2001: Scotland Office Minister George Foulkes confirms that no more asylum-seekers will be housed in Sighthill following the protests.

Sighthill MP and House of Commons Speaker Michael Martin calls for a temporary freeze on asylum-seekers being moved into the deprived area.

That night an Iranian asylum-seeker is stabbed, although not fatally injured, in what police call an unprovoked attack in Fountainwell Terrace.

8 August 2001: The Iranian victim Davoud Rasul Naseri, 22, says he was stabbed as he took rubbish out from his flat.

Through an interpreter he says: "I don't feel safe any longer. I just feel that I hate Glasgow and I hate the people in Glasgow."

Deputy health minister Malcolm Chisholm promises to take action to protect asylum-seekers in Scotland and encourages other councils to volunteer help.

9 August 2001: Fife Council offers 100 homes for asylum-seekers and West Dunbartonshire Council confirms that it has 50 homes available.

It also emerges that five families of asylum-seekers fled Sighthill for London, citing "racial harassment" as their reason.

10 August 2001: A spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says "twisted and negative stories" about asylum-seekers are inflaming racial tensions across the UK.

12 August 2001: Firsat Dag's uncle says that he wanted to leave Scotland shortly before he was killed.

Mehmet Dag, who lives in the town of Gaziantep, in south-eastern Turkey, tells a newspaper that his nephew was planning to return home because he was tired of being racially abused.

13 August 2001: Glasgow City Council appoints a trouble-shooter - Dawn Corbett - in an effort to co-ordinate the support services available to refugees.

The council also unveils a number of measures to reduce social unrest, including a co-ordinating group for refugees and a drop-in centre.

The same day, more than 50 protesters, waving placards in memory of Firsat Dag, gather outside the Home Office in London to protest at the government's treatment of asylum-seekers.

18 August 2001: Police arrest a 26-year-old man in connection with the death of Firsat Dag.

20 August 2001: Scott Burrell, 26, from Balornock, Glasgow, appears in court charged with murdering Firsat Dag.

25 August 2001: About 350 people march on Glasgow City Council headquarters to call for better conditions for asylum-seekers.

28 August 2001: Deputy First Minister Jim Wallace visits Sighthill and meets local residents, asylum-seekers, police and other groups.

He is told that the area needs financial help to overcome its recent troubles.

9 September 2001: Social Justice Minister Jackie Baillie is given responsibility for devolved aspects of asylum issues, including health, education, social work and policing.

11 September 2001: Councillors in Edinburgh agree to house up to 180 asylum-seekers as part of the government's dispersal policy.

19 September 2001: First Minister Henry McLeish visits Sighthill for the first time since Mr Dag's murder and pledges an extra 700,000 to develop community integration projects.

21 September 2001: Prince Charles and Prince William visit Sighthill.

7 December 2001: The trial of Scott Burrell and Graham Mills starts at the High Court in Glasgow.

13 December 2001: The jury is told Mr Dag's murder is no longer being treated as a racial killing.

At the conclusion of the Crown's case, a charge that Burrell attacked another asylum-seeker, Iranian Kurd Barzan Amini, on March 13 this year, is dropped.

His co-accused, 29-year-old Graham Mills, of Petershill Court, Glasgow, is also acquitted.

Burrell is also acquitted of breaching the peace on Strathclyde University's campus on August 5 this year after the charge is dropped by the prosecution.

14 December 2001: Burrell is jailed for life for the murder of Firsat Dag.

See also:

14 Dec 01 | Scotland
Life for asylum seeker killer
21 Sep 01 | Scotland
Royal visit to troubled area
28 Aug 01 | Scotland
Wallace told 'Sighthill needs help'
07 Aug 01 | Scotland
Freeze on new refugee arrivals
07 Aug 01 | Scotland
Calm plea as race tensions rise
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