Nine years on, we remember

By March 13, 2013February 18th, 2021No Comments

Kriss Donald (2 July 1988 – 15 March 2004) a fifteen-year-old Scot, was kidnapped, tortured[2] and murdered, in Glasgow in 2004, by a gang of Muslim men of Pakistani descent, three of whom fled to Pakistan after the murder.[3][4][5][6] Imran Shahid, his brother, Zeeshan Shahid, their cousin, Daanish Shahid and Mohammed Faisal Mustaq, were later found guilty of racially motivated murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.[4][3] A fifth accused, Zahid Mohammed, was convicted of racially aggravated abduction and assault and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. He served only about half of his sentence and testified against other members of the gang at their trial.

The case, which resulted in the first ever conviction for racially motivated murder in Scotland, is cited as an example of the relative lack of attention the media and society give to white victims of racist attacks, in contrast to that they give to members of non-white ethnic groups, with organizations such as the BBC admitting failing to cover the case properly.[7][8] It is also suggested that the case demonstrates that society has been forced to redefine racism so as no longer to exclude white victims, who form the silenced majority of victims of racially motivated (and/or aggravated) crime.