[I am grateful to a reader of this blog who yesterday evening sent me the following message:]
You will be interested in tonight's Any Questions, if you didn't hear it. It's on the iPlayer here http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00t2y8r/Any_Questions_23_07_2010/
They begin with Megrahi, but you can go to 12 or 13 minutes in for the interesting bit. Magnus Linklater says he has seen a transcript of the meeting between Kenny MacAskill and Megrahi, and Kenny says "There is no question of you being released while there is still an appeal outstanding. The decsion as to whether you pursue that appeal is for you and your legal team."
Fergus Ewing has made it clear that the meeting was part of the provisions of the PTA and was about that application not compassionate release; however, that wording (if Magnus has remembered it correctly) seems very definite, if not threatening. One would need to know whether these were the exact words, and whether in context it was indeed referring purely to the PTA, but something smells very funny about this.