Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Lockerbie trial: enter the accused

[This is the headline over an item on the Scots Law News website. What follows is an excerpt:]

As expected, on 5 April 1999 the two Libyans accused of planting the bomb aboard the Pam Am jet which exploded over Lockerbie on 21 December 1988 (Abdel Baset Ali Mohamed Al Megrahi and Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah) were given over to the custody of Scottish authorities at Kamp van Zeist near Utrecht in the Netherlands. On 6 April they were accused of murder and remanded in custody before Sheriff Graham Cox, and committed for a trial which will take place in the Netherlands before three Scottish judges and in accordance with Scots law. The prosecution is expected to apply for an extension to the 110-day rule, under which the trial would normally commence within that period.

[RB: An account of the arrest of Abdelbaset Megrahi at Zeist by the Scottish police officer who carried it out can be read here.]

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