[This is the headline over a report in today's edition of The Herald. It reads in part:]
Alex Salmond told John Kerry, chairman of the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, that despite attempts by the Scottish Government to set the record straight, “misinformation” was still given to the hearing looking into the circumstances surrounding the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi.
While not participating in the hearing, the Scottish Government moved behind the scenes to deny allegations Megrahi had been on chemotherapy in Scotland and that his prognosis was made by a primary care physician who did not have the expertise to determine how advanced his prostate cancer was.
But the claims were still put to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing and medical experts speaking at the Senate forum accepted he was undergoing chemotherapy and argued that would never have justified a three-month prognosis.
Mr Salmond said a letter intended to “set the record straight” had been passed to Senator Robert Menendez before he led the hearing.
It explained that Megrahi was not on chemotherapy while on Scottish soil and that the Libyan’s prognosis came from “the most senior health professional in the Scottish Prison Service”, its director of health and care, Dr Andrew Fraser.
Mr Salmond said: “It was therefore with intense disappointment that I noted that the same misinformation was presented to the hearing, unsupported by any evidence whatsoever, and no reference was made to the correction provided well in advance by the Scottish Government.
“The Scottish Government has made every effort to provide members of the US Senate and their staff with information to assist their understanding of the matter, and it is extremely unfortunate that the concerns that I expressed in my letter of September 10, 2010 ... about the prospects for a credible and impartial investigation, have been realised.
“I should therefore be grateful if you would investigate, as a matter of urgency, how the committee came to be misled in this manner at its hearing.”