Tuesday 17 September 2013

Justice Committee to resume consideration of Megrahi petition

The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee at its meeting on 24 September 2013 will resume consideration of Justice for Megrahi's petition (PE 1370calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to open 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. Further details will be posted here once they become available. 

A synopsis of the Justice Committee's dealings with the petition can be found here; and the report by JFM secretary Robert Forrester on the last relevant meeting of the committee can be found here.


  1. Interview with Christopher Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya -
    When asked what his priorities will be when he arrives in Libya, Amb. Stevens stated that he wants to help ensure that there is a stable democracy and to find justice in the Pan Am 103 case. Google "Quadri-Track ZCT"

  2. I think the gentleman is in the wrong place.

  3. With low expectations I did google "quadri-track zct"

    It led to absolutely nothing about Lockerbie or anything relevant.

    The googling did however reveal that somebody spams numerous pages with this "quadri-track zct", including the Wikipage about Robert Black (at the very bottom).

  4. I normally reject comments from Mr Howard. This one slipped through the net, perhaps due to an excess of Deuchars IPA. I'll do my best to see that it doesn't happen again (Howard comments slipping through, not excess of IPA).

  5. Dear Robert,

    why don't you just delete all the postings in this thread (incl this one)? They are sort of "polluting" this important(?) matter, and neither Rolfe (I'm sure) nor I would miss our own postings.

  6. Should I delete the comments or leave them for their contribution to the gaiety of nations? Difficult one. I'll think about it. Advice welcome.

  7. I don't mind one way or the other.

  8. "The Scottish Government do not doubt the safety of the conviction of al-Megrahi.
    Nevertheless, there remain concerns to some on the wider issues of the Lockerbie atrocity. The questions to be asked and answered in any such inquiry would be beyond the jurisdiction of Scots Law and the remit of the
    Scottish Government, and such an inquiry would, therefore, need to be initiated by those with the required power and authority to deal with an issue, international in its nature.”

    The world is full of weak people doing what is expected of them as they get paid for it. The guy who wrote this did exactly that. That is what they are employed to be. "A spokesman" - professional hypocrites so their employers don't have be it themselves.

    "The Scottish Government do not doubt the safety of the conviction of al-Megrahi."

    "We believe we have a better understanding of matters than SCCRC, our own institution for evaluating safety of convictions."

    Bravo. What if your FDA one day evaluates an earlier approved medication as dangerous. Might the government spokesman be told to say "We do not doubt the safety of this medication", allowing the distribution to go on?

    Hard to imagine, because unlike for the Lockerbie case this could cost a lot. Votes. One dead person, and we would see headlines. And we'd have parents worried if the people they vote for is truly concerned about protecting their children.

    But the health of a justice system has everything to do with the health of all other systems.

    This is why the Al-Megrahi case is still so very important.

    How incredibly frustrating it must be to deal with these people.