Now that we know, thanks to John Ashton that the famous timer fragment was indeed a forgery there can be absolutely no excuse for pretending that this trial was fair.
For the sake of people in Scotland it is essential that an inquiry be launched into why the Crown Office failed to discover the forgery - they had the basic information before the trial - and why they failed to pass the information about the Heathrow break-in to the defence. We now know that the Scottish police were aware of the break-in in early 1989 but failed to pass it to the Crown till 1999. As often happens, it seems the police (whether or not under improper persuasion from others) decided to back their hypothesis of the bomb coming from Malta, to the exclusion of all other possibilities.
Later, in support of their hypothesis, along came the famous fragment to bolster their hypothesis. Who made it? Just how did it get into the 'evidence chain'? This must be investigated.
A side effect of the failure to alert the defence and therefore the court to the Heathrow evidence was that the defence were denied the opportunity of incorporating it into their defence of incrimination which would have pointed to the Syrian air pressure sensitive bombs, which required either arming or introduction at Heathrow, and which were obligated to a 35-45 minute flight time.
As for me, I remain enraged by the fact that Heathrow has escaped criticism for doing nothing for 16 hours, when they knew of the break-in immediately, from the early morning of the day of Lockerbie, and while our Flora boarded her flight, expecting that there would be a responsible level of security protecting it.
They might have saved all those lives, had they not decided to ignore the break-in. How sad is that?
I am also increasingly aware that the function of the prosecuting service in Scotland must be reviewed: they have the great responsibility of ensuring that evidence is shared with the defence, and if they are not investigated for their failures over that in this case, then who can expect a fair trial with equality of arms in a Scottish court in future?
We must reform the system for everyone's sake. Justice must be seen to be done in our country in future.