Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Sputnik interview

Sputnik Radio's World in Focus programme today includes an interview with me on the projected application to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission by the Megrahi family. The relevant segment begins 20 minutes 30 seconds into the programme.

Here is a photograph of the interviewer, Mark Hirst, and me taken in the studio.
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  1. Good interview professor.

    I also listened to the Marquise section. He's all over the place, isn't he? Circumstantial evidence indeed. He's still pushing the line that Megrahi bought the clothes and nobody challenged him with Kenny's statement that he didn't. He also founds absolutely fundamentally on the bomb being introduced at Luqa, without at any point acknowledging the evidence that it wasn't.

    He's going big on Ken Dornstein's film, without any recognition of the weaknesses in that case, but hasn't taken on board any new work that argues against his position. At least he didn't quite fall back on "the judges convicted and that's enough for me" but it wasn't very impressive.

    I would really love it if some of those people who are dismissing my work by ignoring it would actually come forward and explain why they don't agree with my thesis. But I guess it isn't going to happen.

  2. Dear Rolfe,

    Yes, Marquise is a bit of an awkward hard nut, and always has been. Let's face it, he's never had an option. With what you have done and we continue to do, he must be tossing dice to decide on the best course to take: the dock or the wooden overcoat. Dornstein is an ill-informed and poorly educated jerk. If Marquise is now leaning on that sort tripe, I see it as a white flag. Pity really, I'd always taken Marquise to be a tad sharper and an individual whom I'd hoped to eventually do battle with. Not no more. I do so much love challenging enemies, they bring out the very best in me.


  3. Dear Prof,

    Much enjoyed your session with Mark, by the way.


  4. Marquise occasionally used to comment here, but not in the past few years. He seems to be all bluster and really lacking in the incisive intellect you'd hope to see in someone in a senior detective position.

    I quite liked Ken Dornstein the day we met him, and of course I feel absolutely heartbroken for anyone who had a loved one on that plane, but he's working to a pre-determined conclusion and that's never good.

    I just want somebody to explain to me how they can look at the detail of the blast-damaged luggage and aircraft components and tell me the bomb wasn't in the case on the bottom of the stack. I've got no dog on the race. I only want to know what actually happened. If Megrahi had something to do with it, hell mend him.

    But as far as I can see Megrahi was in Tripoli when that suitcase was seen in the container, an hour before the connecting flight from Frankfurt arrived. Under these circumstances it's physically impossible he could have had a hand in getting the bomb on the plain.

    It's quite frustrating the way nobody on the "other side" will engage on this.