[What follows is the text of a message sent on 24 December by Justice for Megrahi’s secretary, Robert Forrester, to JFM’s signatory members:]
I send you this by way of offering you some festive entertainment and signing off on what has proved to be a remarkably productive 2012. It commenced with the publication of John Ashton's Megrahi: You are my Jury in February, continued with the lodging of our criminal allegations with Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill in September, and has ended with unanimous cross party support behind [keeping live] our petition for an inquiry into Lockerbie/Zeist at the Justice Committee's December 11th session.
As you are aware, the Crown Office began a media war against JFM and our allegations when it decided to become respondent to a letter which had not been addressed to the Crown (namely, our correspondence with the Justice Secretary requesting that he appoint an independent investigator to study our complaints with a view to commencing criminal proceedings against the individuals we had identified). Whilst JFM has always regarded 21st December as a date on which to respect the dignity and sensibilities of all the bereaved in their grief no matter whether they support the conviction or not, the Crown Office has without fail utilised the date to attempt to convince the public of the safety of the Zeist verdict. Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland did not fail to live up to the tradition of his predecessors in a front page article by Magnus Linklater (Scotland's supreme champion of the conspiracy theory) in the Times (Scotland) under the bizarre headline 'Pro-Megrahi backers flayed by new Lord Advocate'. To be fair to Mr Mulholland, he knew that the Scottish Sunday Express would be publicising an outline of our allegations today so probably felt he had to get his riding crop in first. Perhaps the allusion to flagellation in the headline reflects more accurately what has been taking place round at the Crown Office on Chambers Street since our allegations were submitted to the police on 9th November (...).
If you are a subscriber to The Times online see here the Linklater article:
If you are not a subscriber, it may be viewed here with additional comments from Prof Black:
For today's Scottish Sunday Express article see:
http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/366665 (or here: http://lockerbiecase.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/the-claims-that-prove-lockerbie-case.html).
The JFM press briefing document outlining the eight allegations, which was provided to the Scottish Sunday Express for their article, is now available here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/117745379/Allegations-Outline-for-Press-1.
In finishing, it is interesting to note that, whereas JFM was denied any independent scrutiny of our allegations by the Justice Secretary, in the Linklater article, Mr Mulholland mentions that he invited an outside counsel to conduct an independent review of the evidence and that this mysterious entity has concluded that the conviction was sound. Despite being pressed by the editor of the Scottish Sunday Express to divulge the identity of this 'independent' body - defined only by an indefinite article - the Crown Office has responded that it would not be appropriate to do so. The SCCRC and anyone concerned with any future appeal must be taking considerable interest in the fact that the Lord Advocate claims he is now employing the services of secret bodies to settle the matter in advance.
We clearly have much to talk about in 2013.