[This is the headline over an item published today on the Lockerbie Truth website of Dr Jim Swire and Peter Biddulph. It reads as follows:]
One of the important features of the Lockerbie case is that a three year investigation (2004-2007) by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission proved that a miscarriage of justice occurred. The SCCRC discovered that the two principal identification witnesses (the CIA's Majid Giaka and Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci) were secretly paid huge amounts, each receiving $2m for their evidence. The police concealed these payments from the judges and defence.
Even as this webpage is being updated, the Scottish police are trying to hide this fact from public scrutiny. In a briefing note unearthed by the SCCRC inquiry, on 15th May 2007 DI Dalgliesh advised his colleagues "The SCCRC's statement of reasons is likely to question the integrity of Gauci's evidence ... there is a real danger that if the SCCRC's statement is leaked to the media, Gauci could be portrayed as having given flawed evidence for financial reward..."
So now we know why desperate attempts are being made behind the scenes to prevent publication, using the specious excuses of "protect our human rights, protect our personal data etc etc".
Only an inquiry by an independent senior judge can restore confidence in a legal system today widely regarded as untrustworthy and tainted.
The two key elements of the conviction of al-Megrahi are:
1. The identification of Al-Megrahi: In an extraordinary development in 2005, Maltese shopkeeper Toni Gauci was exposed as an unreliable witness by the man who in 1991 indicted Megrahi, former Scottish Lord Advocate Peter Fraser. In Fraser's words, Gauci was "an apple short of a picnic." The judges had trusted Gauci's confused evidence, unaware of the existence of several other contradictory statements kept secret by the police. The police also failed to reveal that another witness had proof that Al-Megrahi was not the culprit. The police also kept secret the US offers of unlimited rewards to Gauci if Al-Megrahi was convicted. It is now proven that Gauci received $2 million and his brother Paul $1 million.
2. A fragment of a printed circuit board: Found by Dr Thomas Hayes, its label had been altered by unknown persons' and the entry concerning that finding in Hayes' notebook remains to this day highly suspicious.
To re-establish the reputation of Scottish justice it is imperative that an independent inquiry take place into the undisclosed evidence and its effect upon the course of the trial.