"Unfortunately, the Scottish Parliament’s e-petitions website is currently experiencing technical difficulties and is temporarily unavailable. We are working on a solution to resume the service as quickly as possible. Once the service is back online, users will be able to sign e-petitions as normal. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused."
This statement appears on the Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee's webpage. The e-petitions website has now been unavailable for at least thirty hours. The Justice for Megrahi e-petition opened for signatures on 8 October. The closing date is 28 October. Disappointed supporters can sign by following the procedure suggested here.
The coverage of the issue in Scottish lawyers' magazine The Firm can be read here.
The latest bulletin reads:
"UPDATE 22/10/10: 16:30. Work is still ongoing to resolve the technical difficulties we are experiencing. Those wishing to access the e-petition site may wish to return and try to access the link periodically should the problems be resolved over the weekend."