[This is the headline over a report just published on the website of the Dumfries & Galloway Standard, one of the local newspapers covering the Lockerbie area, several days after other media featured the story. The report reads in part:]
A confidential report which raises questions over the conviction of the Lockerbie bomber could be made public.
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond said legislation will be brought forward to allow the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) to publish its statement of reasons for referring Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi’s case back to the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh. (...)
Speaking this week, First Minister 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 before you can publish the full statement. It hasn’t been possible to secure the agreement from all parties and therefore the statement is in limbo.
“However, we believe 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.”
[This article, like all of the others, fails to mention that it was the Scottish Government that chose to impose the consent requirement in the 2009 Statutory Instrument that first allowed publication. It also fails to mention that the consent requirement could, and should, be removed by Statutory Instrument without requiring primary legislation to be piloted through the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government has signally failed to address the question why it is choosing to remove the restrictive requirement in this cumbersome and wholly unnecessary way.]