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Lockerbie families lose appeal but fight goes on
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david



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:58 pm    Post subject: Lockerbie families lose appeal but fight goes on  Reply with quote

Lockerbie families lose appeal fight

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/scotland
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S Lean



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"No legitimate interest?" I struggle for words to express the disgust this decision fills me with.

Is "justice for victims and their families" only really an option when the question is about convicting and sentencing people?

A day of shame for the Scottish Justice System, in my opinion.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a great believer in the Scottish Legal system, and always have been, with a few exceptions over the years.

I have never been, and I am still not convinced that Megrahi was guilty of this horrendous crime.  Furthermore, let's assume that he was, he was certainly not alone, the setting up of it took many hands, not just one.

I think the Scottish Justiciary should hang its head in shame, and I hope the fight continues.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never get a fair hearing in the small legal community of Scotland.


The amount of conflicts of interest within Scotland's legal community is glaring and nobody ever does anything about it.

I also find it ridiculous that Frank Mullholland can state publicly that there was no evidence to suggest Megrahi conviction unsafe, when in fact the SCCRC have previously referred it due to numerous concerns with the evidence.

Perhaps the SCCRC should have used their own interest of justice test
( whatever that is!!) to decide if they should take the application further rather than request guidance from a partisan High Court.


Hopefully the truth will come out one day.


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Big Wullie



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knew Lord Carloway would never allow this application:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-33374474

It appals me that SCCRC profess to be independent and impartial from the Judiciary yet they ask the appeal court if they can carry out their work.

I recall asking the SCCRC to reject an application from Michael Bromby from Glasgow Caledonia Uni.

They told me they would not reject this application yet here they are rejecting the same type of application from interested parties.

There is no doubt in my mind the courts and judges are calling the shots at SCCRC.

Independent my arse.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone know if the SCCRC can refer the grounds it previously referred to the High Court?

As we all know the Megrahi appeal was never heard.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not quite sure what you mean David.

I would imagine the SCCRC could resubmit grounds to the court if new evidence became available but not offer the same grounds for reconsideration without any new matters being raised.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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When filmmaker Ken Dornstein was 19 years old, his older brother David was one of 189 Americans killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Nearly three decades later, only one suspect, a Libyan man, was ever convicted of the terror plot, which killed 270 people in total. Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi was sentenced to life in prison but later released; who else was involved remains an open question.

Who was really responsible for one of the worst terrorist attacks on Americans before 9/11?

In My Brother’s Bomber, an emotional and suspenseful three-part series that will open FRONTLINE’s new season on Sept. 29, Dornstein embarks on a quest for answers — diving deep into the case files, assembling a list of suspected plotters, and tracking them across the Middle East and Europe.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/fro...ruth-about-the-lockerbie-bombing/
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 2015 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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CAMPAIGNERS for the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing have raised “serious concerns” about the Crown Office’s ability to examine their case.

The group Justice For Megrahi (JFM) said it had no faith in Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland, citing the recent failed prosecution of former News of the World editor Andy Coulson and the “hasty” decision not to take action against the driver of the bin lorry which crashed, killing six people in Glasgow last year.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/megr...wn-office-1-3891987#ixzz3mBEJf2iH
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very true.


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We feel it is important to emphasise that while we have highlighted the actions of the current Lord Advocate and Crown Office, this only serves to highlight a much more central concern about the general constitutional and political position of the office of the Lord Advocate and the Crown Office.”


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