[This is the headline over a Press Association news agency report just published on the website of the Kirriemuir Herald. It reads as follows:]
The First Minister has reaffirmed his intention to publish a confidential report which raises questions over the conviction of the Lockerbie bomber.
Alex Salmond said legislation will be brought forward early in the next Scottish Parliament to allow the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) to publish its statement of reasons for referring Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi's conviction back to senior judges at the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh.
The appeal was ultimately dropped before Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill's decision to release Megrahi on compassionate grounds almost two years ago because of a prognosis that he had terminal cancer and may have had just three months to live.
Speaking after a summer meeting of the Cabinet in Fort William, Mr Salmond said: "I intend to publish in full the findings of the SCCRC. It hasn't been done to date because under the current law you have to have an agreement from all parties... it hasn't been possible to secure the agreement from all parties and therefore the statement is in limbo.
"However, we believe that we can change the law so that the matter can be published under the full discretion of the SCCRC, and that is what we intend to do."
He continued: "My own feeling is that this statement, insofar as anyone can ever have questions answered about this, will give more important information to people who have got a legitimate interest in the case."
He added: "If I paraphrase the issue, the SCCRC believe that the forensic evidence that Scottish investigators brought forward was sound. It was actually a triumph for forensic investigation. However, they raised question marks about the identification evidence that was brought forward during the trial, and they wanted this tested before a court of appeal."
The Scottish Government came under renewed criticism for releasing Megrahi by Foreign Secretary William Hague on Wednesday when video footage of Megrahi attending a rally in war-torn Libya emerged.
Commenting on the footage, Mr Salmond said: "Let's be clear. I don't think Mr Megrahi should be out running rallies, but I think it's pretty evident from the pictures that this is somebody who's in a very severe medical condition.
"Mr Megrahi is going to die of terminal cancer. Are we meant to want to accelerate his death? I'm not quite certain where the question goes. If someone has got terminal cancer, he will die of that illness."
[This news agency report was posted as a comment to an earlier blog post by Grendal, to whom I am grateful. Rolfe responded to that comment as follows:]
Regarding that last post, perhaps somebody needs to point out to Alex Salmond that the forensic work of the Scottish officers contributed precisely nothing to the incrimination of Megrahi.
Harry Bell contributed a lot to the "lean on Tony Gauci till he says what we want to hear" effort, of course. And there was the bizarre assertion that Megrahi had somehow levitated an invisible suitcase on to KM180, all without actually going airside. But hey, that wasn't forensics either.
So if that's all he's worried about, let him have it. The Scottish forensics effort was stellar. Just acknowledge the rest of the dreck that happened afterwards.
[There is still no explanation given of why primary legislation is being resorted to in order to permit publication of the SCCRC report. It can, and should, be done by Statutory Instrument (secondary legislation) just as the the Scottish Government did earlier when it permitted publication but only if those who supplied the information to the SCCRC consented. An unqualified permission to publish can be given through exactly the same legal mechanism as the earlier qualified permission.]