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Lockerbie families lose appeal but fight goes on

Lockerbie families lose appeal fight
S Lean

"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.

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.

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.

Big Wullie

I knew Lord Carloway would never allow this application:

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.

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.
Iain McKie

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.
Iain McKie

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.
Iain McKie

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.

Very true.

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.”
Iain McKie

Matters are moving ahead within the Scottish Parliament in relation to the petition and the ongoing major police enquiry.

Latest media links are:

ITV Border - Representing Border (Tuesday)

(this link might only last today)

Daily Mail
Iain McKie

'Linking Megrahi to a new Lockerbie bombing suspect won't work ... he was innocent and his conviction is a stain on Scottish justice'
Iain McKie

Even though I'm only tangentially connected to this overwhelming tragedy, it is still a ghostly presence in my life. I can't imagine what it must be like for those who lost loved ones in the cold night skies of Scotland.

While watching Ken Dornstein's documentary, I keep thinking about this simple fact: he lost his older brother, and it was my relative who marked the spot where his brother came to rest. I wish them both peace. And like so many others, I will be watching the final episode of "My Brother's Bomber" when it airs on PBS. Thank you, Mr. Dornstein. This is a story that needs to be retold and looked at again, and again

I see Frank Mulholland and Co continue to pull the wool over the Scottish public's eyes.

What a perverse system that is answerable to nobody.

Well, I've always held the opinion that whoever committed this atrocity needs to be brought to justice.

From day one, I was never convinced that it was even Libyia, and I'm still of the same opinion.
Iain McKie

'What a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive.'

A quotation to keep well in  mind as the Crown Office seeks to promote its latest version of the 'truth'.

This is a link to a good summary of the latest publicity.
Iain McKie

ONE of the new suspects in the Lockerbie bombing was “very close” to being indicted at the original trial along with Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, according to the former FBI agent who headed up the US investigation.
Dr Noel Guckian, a former chargé d’affaires of the UK embassy in Libya, has warned that prosecutors face a legal and diplomatic minefield in securing access to the pair.

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Iain McKie

Syracuse University’s Remembrance Week 2015 will be held on campus Sunday, Oct. 25, through Saturday, Oct. 31. The weeklong series of events honors the 270 people, including 35 students studying abroad through Syracuse University, who lost their lives in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988.
Iain McKie

Lockerbie is back in the news. On 15 October the Crown Office announced that the lord advocate and the US attorney general have agreed that two Libyan men should be treated as suspects. They have been named as Abu Agila Masud, an alleged bomb-maker whose identity was until now a mystery, and Abdullah Senussi, Colonel Gaddafi’s former security chief. Both men are currently in prison in Libya.

The announcement was prompted by the recent broadcast by the American PBS channel’s 'Frontline' series of a three-part documentary, 'My Brother’s Bomber', made by Ken Dornstein, who lost his brother David in the attack. Trailed by a long feature in the New Yorker, it suggests that the Libyan man convicted of the bombing, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, was guilty and that he acted with Masud.

His film has prompted an avalanche of media coverage, almost all of it uncritical. The Crown Office’s chief media cheerleader, Times columnist Magnus Linklater, has even declared that '[it] is time to extinguish the last embers of controversy that have heated the Lockerbie case for so long'.

Anything that places Lockerbie back in the spotlight is to be welcomed. Unfortunately, however, the coverage of the film is more notable for what it omits than what it reveals.

Urgent questions posed to SCCRC by John Ashton

[What follows is the text of an email sent this morning to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission by John Ashton. It is reproduced here with Mr Ashton’s approval:]

I am the biographer of Mr Megrahi and from 2006 until his return to Libya in 2009 worked as a researcher with his legal team.

I have a number of urgent questions, which are listed below, about the statement issued by SCCRC yesterday, in particular, the following passages:

The Commission received the current application from Messrs Aamer Anwar & Co., solicitors, in June 2014. At the time it was clear that the application was made on behalf of the “Justice for Megrahi” group, in the form of Dr Jim Swire, the Rev'd John Mosey and a number of other family members of the victims of the bombing. The application also appeared to be supported by the members of the family of the late Mr Megrahi…

...The Commission also had to consider the circumstances surrounding the abandonment of Mr Megrahi’s previous appeal. To enable it to do so it was imperative that the Commission be provided with the defence appeal papers. After a period of 14 months, and despite various requests having been made of the Megrahi family and of the late Mr Megrahi’s previous solicitors, Messrs Taylor and Kelly, these have not been forthcoming...

[Quote by SCCRC Jean Couper:]
...“It is extremely frustrating that the relevant papers, which the Commission believes are currently with the late Mr Megrahi’s solicitors, Messrs Taylor and Kelly, and with the Megrahi family, have not been forthcoming despite repeated requests from the Commission. Therefore, and with some regret, we have decided to end the current review…”

...The Commission has written to the late Mr Megrahi’s solicitors and to his family requesting access to the defence papers in order to allow it to consider the circumstances surrounding the abandonment of Mr Megrahi’s second appeal. No papers were forthcoming despite repeated requests.

Points to note

1. The application, which the SCCRC yesterday rejected, was not made of behalf of the Justice for Megrahi group but on behalf of a number of the UK Lockerbie victims’ relatives and members of Mr Megrahi’s family.

2. The application stated, in schedule 3:

The circumstances in which Abdelbaset al-Megrahi came to abandon his second appeal are set out in Chapter 14 (pages 346 to 365) and Appendix 4 (pages 420 to 425) of John Ashton’s Megrahi: You are my Jury — The Lockerbie Evidence (Birlinn, Edinburgh, 2012, ISBN-13 978 1 78027 015 9) and (much more briefly) on page 119 of John Ashton’s Scotland’s Shame: Why Lockerbie Still Matters (Birlinn, Edinburgh, 2013, ISBN-13 978 1 78027 167 5) to which the Commission is respectfully referred.

Having been diagnosed as suffering from terminal prostate cancer, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was desperate to achieve his repatriation to Libya so that he could die surrounded by his family. In these circumstances he applied for compassionate release on 24 July 2009. The Libyan Government had already submitted an application for prisoner transfer on 5 May 2009. Abandonment of Megrahi’s appeal was not a requirement for compassionate release, but it was a requirement for prisoner transfer; and the Cabinet Secretary for Justice intimated that, although prisoner transfer had been applied for more than two months before application was made for compassionate release, both applications would be dealt with by him simultaneously (see eg Accordingly, if both routes to repatriation were to remain open to him, Megrahi had to abandon his appeal.

In a press release issued through his solicitor, Tony Kelly, a short time after his return to Libya, Megrahi stated: “I have returned to Tripoli with my unjust conviction still in place. As a result of the abandonment of my appeal I have been deprived of the opportunity to clear my name through the formal appeal process. I have vowed to continue my attempts to clear my name. I will do everything in my power to persuade the public, and in particular the Scottish public, of my innocence.” (see Until the end of his life, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi continued to protest his innocence of the crime of which he had been convicted: see eg

3. The application was accompanied by an affidavit by me, which provided a detailed account of why, according to Mr Megrahi, he abandoned his previous appeal. It named three Libyan witnesses who could verify this account.

4. Mr Megrahi gave me access to all his legal appeal papers, which I still have.

5. In response to the SCCRC’s statement, Taylor & Kelly solicitors yesterday issued the following statement:

It is with some surprise that we learn today that the Commission have come to the view that papers have not been forthcoming from us as Mr Megrahi’s appeal representatives. As soon as a request was made from the commission we asked to be advised of the basis of the request – the power of the commission to ask for access to material. Despite making clear that we were anxious to assist, we have not as yet been told of the Commission’s authority to have access to amongst other things private communications. As solicitors we cannot deliver up papers in our possession simply upon request, even to a body such as the Commission.

No indication was given to us until today that the Commission were interested in the part of our actings relating to Mr Megrahi’s appeal being abandoned. The Commission have very wide powers indeed. They could have made application to the Court for access to materials. In any such application, they would clearly have been required to state the basis of the request, and the basis for any court to order us as solicitors to have to part with confidential papers. We prefaced that in communications with them and asked them to provide authority for any application. We remain in the dark on this important point.

As solicitors we are bound by professional obligations which are the subject of regulation by the Law Society of Scotland. In the event that we have in some way not met our professional obligations the Law Society could have been consulted.

As it was, at the conclusion of our actings in this case we sought and obtained our own legal advice about the custody of the papers.

No further enquiry was made of our solicitors individually or any others who formed part of the legal team. The Commission in its previous consideration of Mr Megrahi’s case interviewed each member of Mr Megrahi’s team about decisions made in the course of the trial. If focus had centred on the abandonment of the appeal then that could have been pursued by seeking to interview those involved in that aspect of the case.


1. Why did the commission state that the application had been brought on behalf of the Justice for Megrahi group, when it was in fact brought on behalf on some of the Lockerbie victims’ relatives and members of Mr Megrahi’s family?

2. Why did the commission not approach me to request access to the paperwork that I hold?

3. Why did the commission not interview me about the reasons that Mr Megrahi gave for abandoning his appeal?

4. Why did the commission not attempt to speak to the Libyan witnesses named in my affidavit?

5. Why did the commission not advise Taylor & Kelly solicitors of the legal basis of its request for documentation?

6. Why did the commission not seek to interview solicitor Tony Kelly about Mr Megrahi’s abandonment of his appeal?

I look forward to your early response.

Taylor & Kelly press release about the SCCRC announcement on the Megrahi case
Iain McKie

In view of this, the SCCRC cannot have been unaware of my involvement in the case, so why did they not contact me?

It is fascinating that the Appeal Court should refuse the relatives the opportunity to further the Megrahi appeal, that the Crown Office should suddenly seek suspects despite knowing of them for years and the SCCRC should consign their review of the Megrahi case to the dustbin. All within the space of a few weeks.

Separation of powers - I don't think so.

Watch the various spaces these decisions open up because there is a long way to go as this travesty of justice and massive stain on the so called Scottish justice system wends its duplicitous way towards clarity.
Iain McKie

FINDINGS of a major Police Scotland investigation into allegations surrounding the Lockerbie disaster may never see the light of day, according to a group set up to clear the only man ever convicted of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103.
Iain McKie


Today is the 27th anniversary of this tragedy and our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who perished in this tragedy.
Iain McKie

A CAMPAIGN group calling for an independent inquiry into the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi for the Lockerbie bombing has welcomed a decision by MSPs to keep its petition “open” and maintain a watching brief on a police inquiry into the case.
Iain McKie

Despite a relatively quiet period on this forum a great deal has been going on behind the scenes in relation to Lockerbie.

The Justice Committee at the Scottish Parliament continues its correspondence with the Lord Advocate re our complaints of bias and prejudice in relation to the police report into 9 criminal allegations related to the original investigation and trial of Mr Megrahi.

Following their last meeting the committee convenor Christine Grahame had cause to reprimand the Lord Advocate in relation to late responses to correspondence.

Also Al Jazeera is broadcasting a new Lockerbie documentary shortly and this is a link to a related article.

In addition a media release was circulated today and a copy will shortly appear on Bob Black's Lockerbie Blog.

Has Ruddy judgement changed the status quo in Scotland. Police investigating themselves and prosecutors likewise.

pressure piles up for independent prosecutor in Lockerbie case
Iain McKie

A media conference was held last week to put further pressure on the Lord Advocate and Crown Office who continue to insist that despite their public bias and prejudice the forthcoming Police Scotland report on 9 criminal allegations related to Lockerbie should be considered by them instead of a completely independent prosecutor from another jurisdiction.

This conference can now be seen online at:


Looks like the scurrying has already began.  

Lord Advocate to step down following May elections

He said: “It’s been an honour to do this job working with so many dedicated and talented people to deliver justice in some of the most demanding and challenging of cases.

THE Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, has confirmed that he will step down following May’s election.

Mr Mulholland has informed the First Minister of his intention to leave the post.

He said: “It has been a real privilege to serve as Lord Advocate, leading Scotland’s prosecution service and providing independent legal advice to the Scottish Government . However, after nine years as a Law Officer – the last five as Lord Advocate - I have decided it is the right time to step down and do other things.

“In recent years the Crown has embedded specialisms in the way it does its job. Our expertise in handling offences including rape, domestic abuse, Serious Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism and Cold Cases has helped us become one of the most effective prosecution services in the world and given victims greater confidence to report crimes.”

He added: “It’s been an honour to do this job working with so many dedicated and talented people to deliver justice in some of the most demanding and challenging of cases.
Iain McKie

Groundhog Day!!

well that never took long

I thought he would be resigning especially with all the controversy relating to his biased views on JFM's allegations before they were even fully investigated.  

“The truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it – but in the end, there it is.”  

Iain McKie

Some of the latest media coverage:

LA’s resignation.

17th March:

‘And Len Murray, a leading figure in Scottish legal circles, said Mulholland’s position was “untenable”, although any question of resignation was a matter for him.’

24th March:

"It is clear that he has worked to bring about change to ensure that the system makes a real difference to people's lives and his dedication to the law and his compassion for others has been behind that drive.”

Harvie appointed Crown Agent
Iain McKie

An appreciation of the soon to resign  Lord Advocate appeared in today's Herald.

How Scotland's Lord Advocate is signing working class youngsters in to the law

He was the lord advocate who never forgot his roots.

Working-class and Catholic, Frank Mulholland QC never quite lived up to the stereotype for Scotland's top law officer.

As he stands down, it has emerged the 56-year-old has been signing recommendations to universities for future lawyers from underprivileged backgrounds.

Mr Mulholland last year prosecuted serial killer Angus Sinclair over the World End murders of Helen Scott and Christine Eadie in 1977.
The stakes were huge. This was a double jeopardy trial - Sinclair had already walked on the killings - and getting a conviction was huge for the Crown Office and Mr Mulholland.

Yet during his lunch hour, Mr Mulholland met with groups of HND students from New College Lanarkshire.

The result was a highly unusual collaboration under which the students wrote a guide to Scots Law for refugees and ending up getting their applications to university endorsed by the country's most senior prosecutor.

Mr Mulholland last week announced he would leave his post after a full parliamentary term following May's elections.

The 56-year-old said. "It's been an honour to do this job working with so many dedicated and talented people to deliver justice in some of the most demanding and challenging of cases."
Speaking on the eve of his announcement at a conference on hate crime, he revealed that tackling bigotry ranked among prosecuting murders, rapes, violence, domestic abuse, cold cases and housebreakings as his priorities.

Describing his prosecution of a student in St Andrews who put his hands down his trousers and then rubbed them on the flag of Israel, he said: "I am the Lord Advocate for all communities in Scotland and I am non-political, I don't favour one over the other. All people have a right to lead their lives without this kind of behaviour."

"What concerns me? If we are talking about priorities they have always been hate crime, violence.

"I changed prosecution policy so that all violence where there is sufficient credible and reliable evidence - unless there are exceptional circumstances - should be prosecuted.

"Sexual crime, rape and sexual abuse - is key priority. So is housebreaking.

"If you break in to a house you will now find yourself prosecuted on indictment I did not change the policy out of personal interest but I have been the victim of housebreaking - when I was younger and lived with my parents - and its a horrific crime. They say it is a crime against property but it is not, it's a crime against the person because of the violation of your own personal space.”

On bigotry, he warned of the growth in abuse and crime online and the difficulty in containing the bile. "You feel like the wee boy with your finger in the dyke.”

He added: "It is difficult to police it proactively. You have to be alive to social media where it is used as a vehicle to perpetrate hate-filled crime against individuals or sections of society. That is where law enforcement has to get involved.

"I am a passionate believer in freedom of expression but it has its limits and that is recognised in human rights.”

Mr Mulholland previously said anything that would be considered a crime on the street should be considered a crime in cyberspace. Numerous court rulings, he added, had brought clarity about where social media strayed in to criminality. But the public needed to catch up. He said: "I have no desire to enter this whole debate on the use of social media. As a vehicle for debate it is a hugely positive thing.

Banter, he added, was no excuse, suggesting 1970s sitcom Love my Neighbour would now be seen as potentially prosecutable if broadcast again.
Mr Mulholland, meanwhile, has praised Police Scotland, saying "some of the work the officers of our national police force do is world-beating".
Iain McKie

Lord Advocate should issue pledge over report into Lockerbie allegations

Should Mr Mulholland fail to make this undertaking then I suspect, in respect of Lockerbie at least, that history will judge him less than kindly and conclude that as Scotland’s "watchdog for justice" he has failed.

makes you wonder why an experienced legally minded person like the Lord Advocate would pursue the avenue of publicly criticising the J4M complaints and the criminal allegations.

Maybe he was looking for a way out for some reason.
Iain McKie

A CAMPAIGN group whose members believe Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was innocent of the Lockerbie bombing has urged “political intervention” from the Scottish Government.
The call from Justice for Megrahi (JfM) comes after the outgoing Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland speculated about a possible new trial for the bombing – which JfM said showed he had “gone rogue”.

Five new Senators of the College of Justice named including Frank Mulholland.
Iain McKie

CAMPAIGNERS who believe Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was innocent of the Lockerbie bombing have reported former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to Police Scotland over his new book on the atrocity and the compassionate release of the only man ever convicted of it.

Justice for Megrahi had previously made a series of criminal allegations concerning the investigation and trial which they said would throw serious doubt on Megrahi’s conviction and “point to possible malpractice by Crown Office personnel, police and other prosecution witnesses”.

Also see:

Good to see further progress Iain.

I can remember not that long ago Mr Mulholland stating there was no evidence of innocence in this case.

Here is hoping Mr Megrahi's name is cleared eventually and that this will hopefully activate change in this unaccountable justice system.

Iain McKie

For an update on the massive current publicity about Kenny MacAskill's book please use this link.

Bob's Lockerbie Blog is a regularly updated source for all things Lockerbie.
Iain McKie

The son of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi says his family are ready to join the legal battle to clear his name.
The Libyan intelligence officer was convicted in 2001 for killing 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 above the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988, but suspicions lingered that he was a scapegoat used to cover up the involvement of other Middle Eastern countries.
A posthumous appeal against his controversial conviction was kicked out last year by legal chiefs who said the bid didn't have the support of the al-Megrahi family.

Read more:

Good news.

I guess the SCCRC can now proceed with another submission if the family are supporting it.

Conversely, I would have thought  a case that the SCCRC previously concluded may have been a miscarriage of justice would always be in the interests of justice regardless of who supports the application.
Iain McKie

The Lockerbie saga continues.

Ex Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill's revelations in his book, 'The Lockerbie Bomber', have awakened interest in the case but his statements should taken with a pinch of salt and are not always accurate.

That said it does lift the lid on the political machinations at the time and might yet prove useful to the Police Scotland team currently carrying out a major investigation into allegations made by Justice for Megrahi.
Iain McKie

Megrahi family to support appeal.

THE SON of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has revealed he’s heading back to Scotland to fight for justice for his dad – while branding Libya a lawless jungle.

Speaking from his home in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, Khalid al-Megrahi said a fresh appeal to clear his dad’s name was imminent.
Iain McKie

The eldest son of the Lockerbie bomber claims he is planning to move to Scotland in a bid to clear his father’s name.

Khalid al-Megrahi, 31, insists a fresh court appeal is imminent, following two unsuccessful attempts to clear the only man convicted of Britain’s worst terrorist atrocity.

He said he would be returning to the UK with his family, which includes a son named after his late father.
Iain McKie

Key witness who helped secure conviction of Lockerbie bomber dies.
Iain McKie

A particularly nasty and inaccurate article from the Express which in my option shows the level some journalists now stoop to obtain a headline.
Iain McKie

SCOTTISH politicians have a duty to find out the truth about the Lockerbie bombing, according to a member of Justice for Megrahi (JfM), the group that believes Abdelbaset al Megrahi, the only man convicted of the atrocity, was innocent.
Iain McKie

'The son of the Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing is launching a fresh appeal to clear his father's name and has declared: 'The world will know he is innocent.'
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi was found guilty in 2001 of planting the bomb which destroyed a Pan-Am jumbo jet over southern Scotland in 1988 – killing 270 people in the worst act of mass murder ever carried out on British soil.
Now his son Ali, backed by his family and the British relatives of those who died in the atrocity, is to ask Scottish authorities to declare his father's conviction a miscarriage of justice.'

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Iain McKie

Greg Russell reporting on Tam Dalyell's death in 'The National'
The Crown Office has been urged to honour the memory of Tam Dalyell by ensuring that a police report into criminal allegations against those involved with the Lockerbie investigation and subsequent trial is given an “objective analysis”.

Its a pity there is not a group like JFM who can assists joe public in overturning their wrongful convictions.

The judiciary must laugh themselves to sleep at night knowing there is no body of people in Scotland like JFM who are willing to fight wrongful convictions in Scotland.

There has been good progress in fighting the Megrahi conviction and rightly so, but what about all the other people who are victims of one of the most corrupt justice systems in the western world where Friends R Us in a small legal village seems to be the status quo.
Iain McKie

I completely agree Frank.

Crown Office, the SCCRC and the Judiciary are allowed almost unfettered freedom to do what they like.

The Scottish Government has always shied away from its constitutional duty to oversee the legal process and the actions of these authorities.

To obtain justice in Scotland when a miscarriage occurs you either have to be lucky and find a loophole in the law or mount a massive campaign supported by politicians, the media and public opinion.

I can tell you the latter takes a terrible toll of those involved.

An almost impossible task at times.

When systems don't listen and fail to perform their constitutional duties we end up in the state we are.

Despite the work JfM has done over the years please be assured that the system continues to try and close down debate and actively encourages those within its power not to co-operate in any way.

With the Police Scotland Operation Sandwood report due soon, how Crown Office deals with it will be a seminal test of just how far justice has fallen in Scotland.
Iain McKie

Fake news is a phrase that has recently entered the political lexicon. It’s compounded by half-truths and disinformation that distorts the reality of what really happened.

Read more at:
Iain McKie

A bid to clear the name of the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing will be launched this week by his family.

Relatives of Abdelbaset al Megrahi will hand a dossier to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Iain McKie

MSPs on Holyrood’s Justice Committee agreed to keep open a long-running petition from Justice for Megrahi campaigners calling for an independent inquiry into Megrahi’s conviction in 2001 for the 1988 bombing which killed 270 people. In a written submission, the campaigners said reports of the planned appeal bid indicate “a significant development for those pursuing the truth about Lockerbie”. Committee convener Margaret Mitchell said: “Recently publicity suggests that the family of Mr Megrahi will launch a bid to appeal against his conviction in the coming weeks so we will watch that with interest and see if that affects where we go from here.”

Read more at:
Iain McKie

Campaigners who believe that the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing is innocent say they’re encouraged that a Holyrood committee is to “watch with interest” a planned bid by his family to clear his name.
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