[This is the heading over a letter from Jack Fraser in yesterday's edition of the Edinburgh Evening News. It reads as follows:]
Kenny MacAskill's "compassionate" release of Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, will always be shrouded in suspicion because it negated any appeal which might implicate the US and UK governments of playing a part in what many people see as a possible miscarriage of justice.
This is bad for Scotland's beleaguered judicial system and must be addressed. Although I disagree with Cardinal Keith O'Brien on many issues, he has shown great courage by going against the Establishment by supporting the call for an independent inquiry into this highly questionable conviction.
Mr Megrahi should have been released for only one reason; because he was innocent. This will never be proved or disproved, however, unless there is an independent inquiry which would have to be transparent, unlike the usual whitewashes that have passed for inquiries recently.
The SNP and its followers must reinstate the party's failing credibility on this issue by campaigning rigorously to persuade the Scottish Parliament into doing the right thing by holding such an inquiry.