A commentary on the case of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, convicted of the murder of 270 people in the Pan Am 103 disaster.
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Private Eye exposes the BBC’s shabby behaviour
[This is the
heading over an item posted today on John Ashton’s Megrahi: You are my Jury website.
It reads as follows:]
latest issue of Private Eye carries
the following article, under the headlineSource sauce, about
the BBC’s recent tawdry scoop on Abdelbaset’s private life:
“revelation”about Abdelbaset al-Megrahi,theman
convictedof theLockerbie bombing,and histripsto Malta forsex. Theclaimwas attributedto “previouslysecret documents,seenby BBC Scotland”-ie thereport bythe ScottishCriminalCasesReviewCommissionwhich concluded that theLibyan mayhavebeenwronglyconvicted.Butthe Beeb isnow accusedofbreaching the trustofthe manwhogavetheinformationto programme-makerstosatisfylawyers’ concernsover lastmonth’s BBCScotland documentary on the case.John
document,hespecificallyforbadeit by phone andinwriting,saying thatdoingsowouldbetray thekeysourceofits documentary.
“reveal” how Megrahihadtoldhis defence lawyers thatas anairline workerhecouldflyinand outof Malta withoutapassport, enablinghimtotravelundetected-asdocumented by Ashton inhis book,Megrahi:YouAreMyJury.(The secretloverwas omittedbecauseof sensitivitytowardsMegrahi’swife.)
realisediftheoriginal trialhadknown howeasilyMegrahicouldtravelundetected toMaltaitcould have strengthened the prosecution case”.Butwhat
was what the SCCRC actuallyconcluded about theissue:thatwhileitwasunhelpful tohis defence,itraised the questionof whyhedidn’t travel that wayonthecrucialdates-whenhe used passports.A terroristsurelywouldhave doneso.