In his reaction to the report of the judicial inquiry by Sir Anthony Campbell into the Shirley McKie fingerprint case, the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, said this:
"Scotland's Criminal Justice system is a cornerstone of our society, and it is paramount that there is total public confidence in it."
Does Mr MacAskill believe that there is "total public confidence" in the operation of the Scottish criminal justice system in relation to the conviction of Abdelbaset Megrahi? Certainly, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission had no such confidence. How therefore can the Cabinet Secretary and the Scottish public? An independent inquiry is essential if confidence is ever to be restored.