Saturday, 21 April 2012

Same old, same old

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S4W-06179 by Kenny MacAskill on 27 March 2012, whether  the findings of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission are matters that have caused or are capable of causing public concern within the meaning of section 1 of the Inquiries Act 2005.

Answered by Kenny MacAskill (18/04/2012):
The Statement of Reasons produced by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission in the Al-Megrahi case provides details of the grounds on which the commission referred the case to the Court of Appeal.

The only appropriate forum for the determination of Mr Al-Megrahi’s guilt or innocence is the Appeal Court. The court would have had the opportunity to consider the material contained in the Statement of Reasons had Mr Al-Megrahi not withdrawn his appeal. It remains open to Mr Al-Megrahi or to other interested parties to ask the commission to refer the case to the Appeal Court again.

Current Status: Answered by Kenny MacAskill on 18/04/2012


  1. Seems an eminently reasonable response.

  2. To some extent that might suit then fine. Megrahi's conviction could be overturned by demonstrating that there is no evidence beyond reasonable doubt that he bought the clothes from Tony Gauci. Thus leaving the assumed modus operandi of the bomb being carried on KM180 intact.

    The SCCRC decided it wasn't even going to look at that. That is very convenient for those who don't want this mess scrutinised any more than need be.

    Mind you, once Megrahi is no longer officially "the Lockerbie Bomber", the whole thing is up for grabs. Bring it on, I say.