Mr Kenny MacAskill: The only appropriate forum for determining Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi’s guilt is a court of law. The recent selective and partial reporting of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission’s Statement of Reasons in relation to his conviction referred to issues in Mr Al-Megrahi’s second appeal which would have been properly considered by the
had Mr Al-Megrahi not withdrawn his appeal.
The Scottish Ministers have a general power under section 1 of the Inquiries Act 2005 which allows a Minister to hold an inquiry in relation to a case where it appears to him that particular events have caused, or are capable of causing, public concern, or there is public concern that particular events may have occurred.
[The question was tabled on 15 March 2012. I understand that Ms Grahame intends to ask a supplementary question arising out of the above answer. Scottish lawyers' magazine The Firm has published a typically pithy comment.]