Friday, 5 August 2011

Lockerbie bomb lawyer’s Borders fiscal post

[This is the headline over a report published today on the website of The Southern Reporter, a newspaper circulating in the Scottish Borders. It reads in part:]

A solicitor involved in the conviction of the Lockerbie bomber has been appointed new area procurator fiscal for the Borders.

John Logue was part of the Crown Office’s Lockerbie team from 1998 to 2002 when Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi was found guilty of murdering 270 people and during his first appeal.

Mr Logue will now oversee proceedings at Duns, Jedburgh, Peebles and Selkirk courts, as well as covering the Lothians. (...)

The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, said: “John has been pivotal in shaping the policy and management agenda of the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal Service in recent years. He also played a crucial role at the Lockerbie trial and continues to work on the case. [RB: I suspect that the only real work still being done on the case is a rearguard action to defend the indefensible -- viz the conviction -- and to prevent an independent inquiry ever being instituted into it.]

“He has a lengthy track record in operational casework.

“I have every confidence that the Lothian and Borders team will continue to go from strength to strength under his leadership.”

[The chief procurator fiscal working on the Lockerbie case at the time of the Zeist trial and appeal is now a sheriff (a local judge in the Scottish system) as is the then principal solicitor for Abdelbaset Megrahi. The two leading advocates-depute (Crown prosecutors) at the trial are now both judges of the Court of Session and the High Court of Justiciary.]

1 comment:

  1. Looks to the casual skeptic that all have been duly rewarded to stay on-side.