[What follows is excerpted from a report in today’s edition of The National:]
Scottish politicians have a duty to find out the truth about the Lockerbie bombing, according to a member of Justice for Megrahi (JfM), the group that believes Abdelbaset al Megrahi, the only man convicted of the atrocity, was innocent.
Iain McKie’s comments came two days ahead of the 28th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, in which 270 people died, and as JfM wrote to the new Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC, urging him to ensure the Crown Office gives “independent and objective consideration” to a Police Scotland report into the group’s criminal allegations.
McKie told The National the report – Operation Sandwood – which is more than a year late, was unlikely to be released until next year.
He said: “It won’t be this year and we’re looking at the early part of next year, which gives us breathing space to some extent to get the matter looked at properly.
“James Wolffe is a new man on the block and has no previous associations with Lockerbie. You’ve got to trust the man’s integrity until you find out otherwise, but there’s no doubt the previous incumbent Frank Mulholland was totally prejudiced and biased against the inquiry and made this publicly clear.
“Wolfe is not – he’s not been previously tainted with Lockerbie and therefore we’ve got to trust him. The issue is whether he can overcome the vested interests within the Crown Office that might want to brush this under the carpet.”
The basis of JfM’s case is the belief that the conviction of Megrahi in 2001 was a miscarriage of justice, and they have pressed for an independent inquiry into it.
[RB: The full text of JfM’s press release can be read here.]