[This is part of the headline over a report published on the STV News website on this date in 2009. It reads in part:]
Christine Grahame says Crown Office confirmed fragment taken abroad by investigating officers.
An MSP says that a key piece of evidential material used to convict the Lockerbie bomber was taken to Germany and the US without the defence team or the prosecutor knowing.
Christine Grahame MSP says the Crown Office confirmed to her that the fragment was taken to Germany and then to the US by Scottish investigating officers without the knowledge of the defence team or the senior prosecutor at the time of the investigation.
Ms Grahame also claims Scottish police investigators did not record the fragment's transportation across the world and in doing so broke the vital chain of evidence undermining the integrity of the fragment.
She said: "The Crown Office have confirmed to me today that the fragment, PT-35, the piece of evidence that it was claimed linked Libya to the attack was also sent to Germany in April 1990 as well as the US.
"On the 22nd of June 1990 it was then taken to the FBI lab in Washington for examination by FBI officials there. Lord Fraser makes it clear he did not know and would not have allowed this evidence to be taken out of Scottish jurisdiction and control, but that is precisely what did happen. That leaves a very serious question mark over the central piece of evidence used to convict Mr Megrahi."
[RB: The history of PT35 and its travels can be found on Dr Ludwig de Braeckeleer’s PT35B website.]