On this date fourteen years ago, the Lockerbie trial was in recess following the close of the prosecution case and before the opening of the defence case. Here is a link to my contemporaneous assessment of what the Crown could be taken to have proved. My view, then as now, was that the evidence against the two accused was “as thin as the homœopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death”.
This wonderful description comes from Abraham Lincoln while running for election as United States Senator for the state of Illinois in 1858. Lincoln (Republican) and his Democrat opponent Stephen A Douglas participated in a series of debates during one of which Lincoln described Douglas’s argument (on states’ sovereignty) in these memorable terms. Lincoln lost that election. However, the US presidential election of 1860 involved the same two candidates (amongst others). Lincoln won. I remain optimistic that the Justice for Megrahi campaign, like Lincoln, will win in the end.