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Timeline

November 4, 1998:

Surjit Singh Chhokar is fatally stabbed outside the flat he shared with his girlfriend in Overtown, North Lanarkshire.

March 9, 1999: Ronnie Coulter, then 30, is cleared of murder and convicted of assault after lodging a special defence on the murder charge blaming Andrew Coulter and David Montgomery. He is discharged after the Crown fail to move for sentencing.

July 2, 1999: Andrew Coulter, then 18, from Wishaw, and David Montgomery, then 22, from Motherwell, are indicted for the murder of Mr Chhokar.

November 28, 2000: Andrew Coulter and David Montgomery walk free from court after lodging a special defence of incrimination blaming Ronnie Coulter. Colin Boyd QC, then lord advocate, orders two formal inquiries into the case.

October 24, 2001: Dr Raj Jandoo finds in his inquiry that serious failures had taken place in liaison with relatives by the police and by prosecutors. A second report, by Sir Anthony Campbell, a Northern Ireland judge, identifies clear defects in the way the case was handled.

December 16, 2002: The then justice minister Jim Wallace rejects fresh demands for a public inquiry to be held into the death of Mr Chhokar during evidence to Holyrood's equal opportunities committee.

December 4, 2011: The Chhokar family's lawyer Aamer Anwar writes to the then Solicitor General Frank Mulholland asking the Crown Office reopen the inquiry following the reform of double jeopardy rules.

January 26, 2012: Following a meeting between Mr Mulholland and the family, it emerges that Strathclyde Police has reopened the case under the new double jeopardy legislation.

August 13, 2012: Detectives stage a reconstruction of the crime scene in Overtown hoping to refresh people's memories about the killing.

May 2, 2014: The Crown announces it is seeking to retry Ronnie Coulter, Andrew Coulter and David Montgomery.

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