A man has gone on trial accused of murdering an Aberdeen restaurant owner almost 40 years ago.
Riasat Khan, 63, appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh today and denied murdering Kazi Ahmad in October 1978.
At the time of his death Mr Ahmad was one of four partners in the Raj Dulal Restaurant in Dee Street.
Khan, of Clare Gardens, Cardiff, denies charges of theft and murdering Mr Ahmad.
His lawyers have lodged a special defence in which their client claims he “acted in self defence” at the time of the alleged crime.
The defence states that the accused acted in self defence as the deceased had first “attacked” him at a flat in the city’s Rosemount Viaduct.
Prosecutors claim that on October 12 or 13 1978, at the premises of the Raj Dulal Restaurant in Dee Street, Khan stole a kitchen knife.
The Crown also claims that on October 13 1978, in the flat in Rosemount Viaduct, Khan assaulted Mr Ahmad and tied his wrists behind his back.
Khan then allegedly covered Mr Ahmad’s head with an “item of clothing”, strike him repeatedly on the neck and body with a knife and that he murdered him and robbed him of a sum of money.
The trial, which is being heard before judge Lord Beckett and a jury of eight women and seven men, continues tomorrow.