Monday, 10 December 2012

Justice Committee consideration of Megrahi petition

[What follows is taken from a Justice for Megrahi press release:]

On Tuesday 11th December in the Scottish Parliament the Justice Committee will decide how it will move matters forward in respect of the Justice for Megrahi (JFM) petition PE1370 calling for an independent inquiry into the 2001 Kamp Van Zeist conviction of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 In December 1988. This decision comes as serious criminal allegations against the Crown Office and police in respect of the Lockerbie investigation are under consideration by Dumfries and Galloway Police.

10.00 hrs Tuesday 11th December: Scottish Parliament Committee Room 2 – Justice Committee considers, among other matters, Petition PE1370 from Justice for Megrahi.

NOTE: It is estimated that the petition will be considered between 11/11.30 am. Dr Jim Swire, Revd John Mosey, Len Murray, Jock Thomson QC, Iain McKie, Tessa Ransford OBE, James Robertson and other members of the Justice for Megrahi Committee and its signatory membership will attend the meeting and will be available for interview in the main reception area after the meeting.

Justice for Megrahi in their most recent submission to the Justice Committee in respect of petition PE 1370, state: ‘It is extremely important that this matter remains a ‘live’ issue within the Scottish Parliament so that it cannot be arbitrarily closed down by the very people we believe might have culpability in the matter. It is vital that clear and unambiguous answers are forthcoming from the appropriate authorities. In light of the integral relationship between PE1370 and the allegations we have lodged with Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, we would request that the Justice Committee maintain the status of PE1370 as ‘open’ whilst decisions are made in respect of these allegations. It is obvious that we have raised many important questions that the ongoing Crown Office/police enquiry has failed to answer.

[At just about the time that the Justice Committee is expected to reach this item on its agenda, I shall be landing in Cape Town. Further posts to this blog are not likely until Wednesday, 12 December.]

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