[This is the headline over an item posted on the Libyan Mathaba news agency website on this date in 2008. It reads in part:]
The Council of Arab Foreign Ministers has demanded that all documents requested by the defence team in the trial of the Libyan political hostage Abd al Basset al Megrahi to be released (...)
The failure to release the documents will lead to the miscarriage of justice and an impediment to his vindication, the Council said in a meeting in Damascus today.
The Council entrusted the Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa with the follow up of this decision and to report back to the next Arab summit.
It considered the Libyan citizen Abd al Basset al Megrahi a hostage by all international norms and laws.
The Council endorsed a decision to tackle the damage resulting from the Lockerbie case.
It reconfirmed the legitimate right of Libya to reparations for the human and material losses incurred by the unjust sanctions that had been imposed on it.
[The shocking story of the Public Interest Immunity certificate signed by the Foreign Secretary David Miliband can be followed here.]