Last Friday afternoon the Crown Office issued , which took many by surprise, announcing that the SCCRC would not be prosecuted for publishing its report on Abdelbaset’s case. As Professor Bob Black noted on :
Sunday, 25 March 2012
The Crown Office statement explained
[This is the heading over an item just published on John Ashton’s Megrahi: You are my Jury website. It reads as follows:]
A good question. But the more immediate question, is why did the Crown Office rush out this statement on a Friday afternoon? The reason is simply that earlier that day the Sunday Herald had informed them that they would be publishing the SCCRC report today. Was the Crown Office looking to encourage the SCCRC to publish immediately, in order to draw the sting from the Sunday Herald’s coverage? And could that also explain the anonymous Crown Office quotes in yesterday’s Daily Record ?