[What follows is the text of a motion tabled in the Scottish Parliament by Christine Grahame MSP:]
Motion Number: S4M-05301
Lodged By: Christine Grahame
Date Lodged: 03/01/2013
Title: ♦ 25 years on from Lockerbie, the Time is Right for a UK-led Inquiry
That the Parliament notes that 2013 marks 25 years since the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie; believes that many questions remain as to whether the conviction of Abdelbaset al Megrahi is secure; understands that, in terms of section 28 of the Inquiries Act 2005, the scope for a Scottish Government inquiry is restricted to only those matters fully devolved to Scotland; agrees with calls for a full public inquiry into UK and international issues such as the prisoner transfer agreement between Tony Blair and Colonel Gaddafi and the $2 million reportedly paid (together with a new identity) to the shop-keeper,Tony Gauci, who is considered to be the prime witness; further notes the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) findings that there may have been a miscarriage of justice and what it considers was the unsatisfactory abandonment of appeal proceedings, which left the SCCRC case untested; understands that the Scottish Government has pledged to co-operate fully with any UK-led inquiry, and agrees with calls for the UK Government to instigate that inquiry without further delay in order that, not least, the victims’ families and the residents of Lockerbie can finally be free of speculation.
[Ms Grahame has written to Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg requesting him to support this call for a UK-led inquiry. A report in today’s edition of The Herald reads as follows:]
Holyrood’s Justice convener is urging Nick Clegg to put his weight behind a public inquiry into the Lockerbie bombing.
The Herald reported yesterday that Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie had renewed his call for an inquiry into the Megrahi conviction.
Now Christine Grahame has written to the Deputy PM pressing for that to be a full UK public inquiry.
Citing factors such as British Government and CIA involvement in the investigation, she states: "Under the Inquiries Act 2005 (Section 28) any inquiry undertaken by the Scottish Ministers must deal only with matters wholly within their devolved competence.
"This would restrict it to such a degree, in my view, that it would not be satisfactory, given there are political and international issues which remain unresolved."
Last August, Mr Clegg criticised the release of Abdelbaset al Megrahi two years previously on compassionate grounds as he fought cancer, although he lived on in Tripoli for 21 months.
Ms Grahame, who is a member of the Justice for Megrahi campaign, wrote to Mr Clegg: "It seems that you harbour no doubts over this conviction, but that does not chime with the sentiments, as I read them, of Willie Rennie.
"It may be that your views have shifted with the passage of time and more revelations which cast the conviction as questionable.
"You, as Deputy Prime Minister, have it within your power to deliver that public inquiry and if you do, the Scottish Government has it on record that it would support any such inquiry."