A CAMPAIGN group for a former Black Watch soldier convicted 10 years ago of the murder of a waiter in an Orkney restaurant has raised more than £21,000 to fight to clear his name.
Racist killer Michael Ross, now 39, was jailed in 2008 for murdering waiter Shamsuddin Mahmood at a Kirkwall restaurant – 14 years after the crime was committed.
The Justice For Michael Ross group raised the cash to employ a human rights lawyer to continue fighting their campaign.
A statement on the group’s website said: “We believe that this huge sum raised in respect of a potential miscarriage of justice is unprecedented in the UK.”
Ross was 15 when Mr Mahmood, 26, was shot in front of a room full of diners at the Mumutaz Indian restaurant on Bridge Street.
He has always maintained his innocence and has shown no remorse for the murder.
Ross was sentenced to serve at least 25 years for murder.
He was also sentenced to a further five years after leaping from the dock and attempting to escape following the guilty verdict at Glasgow High Court. A hired car packed with guns, ammunition, knives and a grenade was found in a nearby Tesco car park.
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