[This is the headline over a report published today in The Scotsman. It reads as follows:]
The Conservatives have urged the Scottish Government to release the medical evidence on which it based its decision to free the Lockerbie bomber.
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was released from Greenock prison on compassionate grounds two years ago, after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given three months to live.
Megrahi gave up his appeal against conviction for the murder of 270 people shortly before his release.
The Scottish Government has asked Westminster to set aside data protection rules to allow the release of more details about Megrahi’s abandoned appeal.
However Scottish Conservative justice spokesman, David McLetchie MSP said: “If any information is to be released then it should be all the medical evidence as to why the SNP government set Megrahi free, something it has consistently refused to do.”
[A similar report appears here in The Sun.
Is Mr McLetchie really saying that it is more important to release the medical evidence relating to Megrahi's repatriation than to release the evidence upon which the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission concluded that his conviction might have amounted to a miscarriage of justice? I find it hard to believe that a lawyer could say this. But Mr McLetchie is a Scottish Conservative. Flawed judgement goes with the territory.]