[This is the heading over an item published today on the website of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. It reads as follows:]
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has asked Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC for assurances that the “book has not been closed” into the Lockerbie bombing after it emerged that Scottish police officers have yet to visit Libya. A re-investigation announced in October 2011 saw the Lord Advocate travel on a mission to Libya in April this year to discuss the investigation with the Libyan National Government.
In a letter to the Lord Advocate, Mr Rennie said that the relatives of those in the Lockerbie bombing and the Scottish public need assurances that the live investigation is still being fully resourced and supported in its efforts to uncover any new lines of inquiry which will bring to justice others involved in the bombing.
Commenting on the letter, Mr Rennie said:
“I have written to the Lord Advocate to seek assurances that the book has not been closed on the renewed Lockerbie bombing criminal investigation. Earlier this year the First Minister rejected calls for an independent inquiry into the Lockerbie prosecution, which could have shone a light on the extent of Megrahi’s involvement or even pointed towards others being involved.
“In denying that independent inquiry the opportunity to get the answers so deserved by relatives of the Lockerbie bombing was left to the criminal investigation. It’s therefore hugely disappointing that Scottish police officers have yet to visit Libya to undertake their investigation.
“With the passing of each month it becomes less and less likely that any existing evidence can be found. The Crown’s position that Megrahi did not act alone is all very well, but it brings neither justice nor answers to those who need it most.
“It is essential that the Crown Office does all it can to pursue new lines of enquiry. The Lord Advocate must provide assurances that the book has not been closed on the Lockerbie bombing investigation.”
[Mr Rennie’s earlier interventions on Lockerbie, including his support for an independent inquiry into the prosecution and conviction of Abdelbaset Megrahi, can be accessed by typing “Willie Rennie” into this blog’s search facility.
The Press Association news agency's report on Willie Rennie's letter to the Lord Advocate, which has been run on a number of news media websites, can be read here. The best treatment of the story, in that it goes beyond the news agency report, is in The Huffington Post.]