"The suspicion that Kenny MacAskill was pulling out all the stops to prevent a Megrahi appeal - and the resultant almost certain embarrassment for the justice minister, Scottish justice and the country - grows stronger with every new revelation."
From a letter in today's edition of The Scotsman.
"[The writers of two earlier letters] continue zealously to follow the tradition established by all previous opponents of Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s intervention in the Megrahi affair: that is, to studiously ignore the monstrous pachyderm in the living room – the manifestly unjust nature of the original verdict." (...)
"I am not a member of the Roman Catholic Church but I found it depressing to read the bitter letters from Tom Gallagher and Alistair McBay attacking Cardinal Keith O’Brien. Looking at the bigger picture, there is growing opinion in Scotland and elsewhere that Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi’s conviction of a most heinous crime is, at the very least, unsafe.
"That opinion is shared by many of the bereaved families, and was articulated by Dr Jim Swire in his uplifting and inspirational letter (August 10) in which he wrote: 'There was evidence at Camp Zeist that made me and many others doubt Megrahi’s guilt. Much more has accumulated since, and the total of it now strains credulity beyond breaking point.'" (...)
From two letters in today's edition of The Herald.
It is precisely this attitude, which is prevalent in Scotland (and even more so in the rest of the world, with the exception of the United States of America) that renders it imperative to restore the shattered reputation of Scottish criminal justice by establishing an independent inquiry into the Lockerbie case. The concerns of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission and others cannot simply be swept under the carpet. Lockerbie will not just go away. However unpalatable it may be to the Lord Advocate and the Crown Office, the Scottish Government must now act. The interests of justice -- including the restoration of confidence in the integrity of the criminal justice system -- demand it.