The BBC has today run a story, by home affairs correspondent Reevel Alderson, based on the SCCRC’s statement of reasons. I don’t intend, at this point, to comment upon those aspects of the story that concern Abdelbaset’s private life, other than to say that: 1) they have no bearing upon the safety, or otherwise, of his conviction; and 2) I’m appalled that the BBC could be so insensitive towards his family.
Alderson’s article reports:
This suggests that the SCCRC concurred with the defence lawyers. In fact the quoted passage was reporting the view of Abdelbaset’s junior counsel, John Beckett, who was interviewed by the SCCRC. The complete sentence, which appears in paragraph 18.50 of the statement of reasons, reads:
Alderson omits to mention that the SCCRC fully considered this issue and concluded, at paragraph 27.108:
The SCCRC might have added that Abdelbaset freely volunteered the fact that he could enter Malta without a passport. If he was a terrorist, he would surely have kept schtum.