[This is the heading over a letter by Ruth Marr in today's edition of The Herald. It reads as follows:]
Hillary Clinton’s meddling in UK defence spending made it all the more refreshing to hear Kenny MacAskill declare that he is accountable only to the Holyrood Parliament (Salmond hits back at Senate on Megrahi “misinformation”, The Herald, October 16). Mr MacAskill deserves respect for standing firm throughout the Megrahi affair, upholding the principles of Scots law, and refusing to be bullied by the “might is right” pressure from the United States.
The parliament is a great example which many around the world would benefit from emulating. One of its strengths is its public petitions process, available to individuals and groups who wish to petition parliament. One has been opened by the group Justice For Megrahi, which includes Professor Robert Black, Desmond Tutu, Dr Jim Swire and other British Lockerbie relatives, lawyers, diplomats and aviation security experts. It calls on the parliament to urge the Scottish Government to open an independent inquiry into the conviction of Mr Megrahi for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103.
It is available for signing until October 28 by anyone – resident in Scotland or not. It can also be signed by text, and I would urge all concerned about what many consider a miscarriage of justice to access the petition via the Scottish Parliament’s website.
The victims’ families, including the Megrahis, need to know the facts about this most terrible tragedy, and they deserve the support of all who care about justice.