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ASYLUM MURDER CHARGE.

Byline: CRAIG McGILL

POLICE investigating the murder of Kurdish asylum-seeker Firsat Dag in Glasgow arrested a 26-year-old man last night.

He was due to appear in court tomorrow charged in connection with 22-year-old Mr Dag's killing in the city's Sighthill Park on August 5.

Police said he and another man would also face charges over the alleged assault and robbery of a German tourist on the same day.

The arrests came just a day after Strathclyde Police had made a plea for an extra pounds 500,000 to boost their resources.

The force faced criticism last week when it was revealed that Tayside Police had 70 officers working on the murder of 34-year-old civil servant Anne Nicoll in Dundee, while Strathclyde had only 30 on the Dag case.

Asylum campaigners in Glasgow had claimed the police were not doing all they could to solve the crime.

But a force insider said: "The accusations hurt a lot of people as there were hints that we'd do this differently for a white person, which is rubbish.

"People are doing the best they can. More money would allow for more officers and resources."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 19, 2001
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