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Orkney murder case campaigners claim police 'lost evidence'

Michael Ross and Shamsuddin Mahmood
Image caption Michael Ross was 15 when Shamsuddin Mahmood was shot

A group campaigning for the release of a man jailed for the murder of a waiter in Orkney in 1994 is claiming a vital piece of evidence was misplaced by police who investigated the case.

The Justice 4 Michael Ross group has launched a website which alleges police lost a diary belonging to the victim.

Michael Ross was convicted in 2008 of murdering Bangladeshi waiter Shamsuddin Mahmood in a restaurant in Kirkwall.

Police Scotland declined to comment on the website's claims.

In 2014, Ross failed in a bid to have his conviction re-examined.

He was told by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission there was not enough evidence to support a miscarriage of justice claim.

Since his original conviction, Justice 4 Michael Ross has campaigned for the case to be overturned because of what it describes as a lack of evidence presented at his trial.

Ross was 15 when he shot Mr Mahmood, 26, in the head in Kirkwall's Mumataz restaurant in full view of a room full of diners, including families with children.

The former Black Watch sniper was jailed for a minimum of 25 years after being convicted of murder.

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