Thursday, 8 October 2015

Justice for Megrahi petition celebrates fifth birthday

On this date five years ago, Justice for Megrahi submitted its petition (PE1370) calling 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". The petition remains open and is currently on the agenda of the Justice Committee.

Contemporaneous items on the website of Scottish lawyers' magazine The Firm can be read here and here and here. The progress of the petition through committees of the Scottish Parliament can be followed here.


  1. Sorry, nothing celebratory about it.

    For an inquiry: Truth must be told. The real killers discovered.

    Against an inquiry: Discussion of what was in the suitcase of CIA team leader Charles McKee; Confirmation of the controlled drugs transmission system from the Bekaa Valley using couriers such as Khaled Jafaar; Revelation of the intelligence contracts existing between the US and European governments whereby the US supplies intelligence in exchange for total secrecy on all intelligence matters; Discussion of the CIA agents and assets working for Jordan, Libya and other nations in the run-up to the bombing; Discussion of the history of Dr Thomas Hayes in connection with the trial of the Maguire family; Discussion of the history of Alan Feraday in connection with several major trials; Revelations of the true state of Heathrow security and 70,000 airside passes circulating to all nationalities and contractors on the night of the bombing. There are many more.

    There will be no inquiry by the nation which has become the 51st state of the US Federation of states - the UK.

    1. Which is one reason of many why Scotland as an independent nation will benefit us all. Except the establishment of course, the same establishment which bullied, threatened and bribed enough Scots into voting No last year. Quelle surprise.

      I could never understand the thinking of some people who declared that the sorry state of the justice system as evidenced by the Lockerbie debacle was a reason why we could and should not be independent. Independence isn't a good-conduct prize, otherwise no country would be independent. And the criminal justice system got the way it is under the union. It's irrational to imagine that staying in the union will improve it.

  2. Congratulations!

    It is true, that with respect to a corrupt system rectifying itself, yes, there is nothing much to celebrate. Or maybe as much as could ever be expected, when the accused is also the judge.

    Sure, this system can shout "The conviction is safe!" forever. And it is sad and worrying that a democracy can fail so badly that it is allowed to.

    But today it is impossible to do any search on Lockerbie without running into sources revealing the problems with the case against Megrahi. The most important documents in that matter, the verdicts themselves, stand without a single detailed discussion supporting them, but with any amount of sources pointing out their weaknesses. Had Megrahi's conviction been a scientific theory, it would be dead and buried.

    There is an ongoing, worldwide trial, where everyone is his own judge. Those who failed in their duty are convicted by anyone bothering to look into the evidence. This goal has long been reached.

    So, it is definitely a 'Happy Birthday' to the petition, a little waving flag on an outpost that underlines the great achievements of JfM and friends.

  3. Not only that but JFM itself is now on the eve of its seventh birthday. Lord, how seven years of conflict with COPFS can make one feel twice as young!