11.45 am Tuesday 23 October 2012: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, 81 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU
“Justice for Megrahi (JFM) Committee to give details of allegations made to the Justice Secretary in connection with the investigation and prosecution of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and Lamin Fhimah.”
BACKGROUND TO MEDIA CONFERENCE
On 13 September, the Justice for Megrahi Committee (JFM) wrote to Kenny MacAskill, Secretary for Justice, formally lodging complaints alleging criminal wrongdoing in the investigation and prosecution of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and Lamin Fhimah for the murder of 270 people in the downing of Pan Am 103 on 21 December 1988. The Deputy Director of Criminal Law and Licensing at the Justice Directorate responded.
Given the unsatisfactory nature of this response, JFM has written to Mr MacAskill outlining their concerns which include his perceived failure to act independently and appropriately in handling the complaints.
To assist public understanding of the issues under dispute, the JFM committee will hold a media conference as above and will make a summary of the allegations available together with details of the related correspondence.
11.45 hrs Media packs available with documentation related to allegations and complaints.
12.00 hrs Dr Jim Swire, Professor Robert Black, Robert Forrester, Father Pat Keegans, all members of the JFM committee, and Jock M W Thomson QC will outline the implications of the allegations and complaints.
12.30 hrs Above panel available for interview/photographs.