[This is the heading over a news item on the website of Scottish lawyers' magazine The Firm. It reprises the views expressed by Dr Jim Swire in the article published in today's P & J, and continues as follows:]
Solicitor Eddie Mackechnie, who represented acquitted co-accused Lamin Khalifa Fhimah, told The Firm that the US intelligence services assured the Scots prosecution authorities before the trial that they possessed a "star witness" who could identify the two accused and place them at the centre of the events. Crucially, the key material was redacted and not disclosed until the trial proceedings were underway.
The testimony of that witness, Abdul Majid Giaka, was dismissed from consideration by the three judge bench, who noted in the verdict that he was salaried monthly by the CIA.
"We are unable to accept Abdul Majid as a credible and reliable witness on any matter," they said.
UN special observer Hans Koechler also criticised the interference of intelligence services in the trial and appeal proceedings.