Saturday, 2 September 2017

MSPs hear petition calling for inquiry into al-Megrahi's Lockerbie trial

[This is the headline over a report published in today’s edition of The National. It reads in part:]

A call for an independent inquiry into the conviction of the man jailed for the Lockerbie bombing will come before MSPs when they return to Holyrood next week.

Justice for Megrahi (JfM), a campaign group whose members believe Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is not guilty of planting the device that brought down Pan Am flight 103 in December 1988, first lodged the petition in 2010.

It has been kept open pending completion of a Police Scotland report into allegations made by them against the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), the police and forensic officials involved in the investigation and legal processes relating to Megrahi’s conviction after his trial at the specially convened Scottish Court at Kamp van Zeist in the Netherlands.

The allegations range from perverting the course of justice to perjury. MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee will discuss the petition on Tuesday.

Operation Sandwood is the Police Scotland investigation into the group’s claims. Papers lodged at Holyrood indicate that committee clerks understand that inquiries are continuing and, “although in its final stages, there are certain aspects that are not fully concluded”.

Police Scotland are not yet in a position to suggest when the Operation Sandwood report will be made public.

Once it is completed, the report will be submitted “to an independently appointed Queen’s Counsel appointed by Police Scotland before going to the Crown Office”.

Megrahi died five years ago, and the latest move comes as the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) considers an application from his family to appeal against his conviction.

His relatives joined lawyer Aamer Anwar in Glasgow in July to lodge the appeal papers with the SCCRC.

In a letter to the committee last month, JfM said the Sandwood report was of “direct significance” to the SCCRC’s considerations.

“JfM’s sole interest remains acquiring justice for the victims of Pan Am 103, their families and friends, and those whom we regard as having been wrongly accused and convicted,” they said. “As your committee members will understand this report is central to any further analysis of the Lockerbie tragedy, is of direct significance to the ongoing SCCRC consideration of the Megrahi family’s submission for another appeal and is vital if the massive stain on the Scottish justice system is ever to be removed.”

They and Police Scotland maintained a “highly valued and constructive rapport”, the group said, adding: “JfM has complete confidence in the work of Police Scotland on its behalf regarding JfM’s various allegations of criminality associated with the conviction of Mr al-Megrahi.

“Our present understanding is that the Police Scotland Operation Sandwood Report is in its final stages and will be available to the Lord Advocate at some stage this year.”

Megrahi had previously applied to the SCCRC in 2003, when his case was referred to the High Court for appeal in 2007.

However, the appeal was abandoned in 2009, ahead of his return to Libya after being released from Greenock jail on compassionate grounds.

He died from prostate cancer in 2012, and a new application was made on his behalf in 2014, but this was rejected the following year because the commission did not have access to appeal materials from 2007-09. (...)

JfM have asked the Justice Committee to keep the petition open until the Crown Office considers the Operation Sandwood report and “any related decisions are made”.

1 comment:


    The first "fake evidence", with a real, black carbonized MST-13 timer fragment was designated from a prototyp MST13 timer circuit board, marked as (PT35).

    After saws up the fragment into two parts, (PT35/a) and (DP31/a), at Comp. Siemens in Germany, on April 27, 1990 - for a visit to the FBI laboratory in Washington (June, 1990) - was fabricated a duplicate fragment, green-coloured (not cabonized) for a forensic comparison with a MST13 timer delivered to Libya (D1, Togo Timer) which brought the "fake result", that the fragment comes from a Libyan timer ! A clear Evidence Fraud ! (see FBI-investigations Report nr.262-23 of 20/08/1990)

    NB: As senior investigative officer chief, Superintendent Stuart Henderson, visited in June 1990, the FBI laboratory in Washington, he was accompanied by expert Allen Feraday (RARDE) DC William Williamson and Officer MacLean (phonetic).
    Excerpts from Court-Documents from Kamp van Zeist.
    Witness (A) No.335, Mr. Allen Feraday (RARDE):

    Q- Could we look at photograph 330, please. And could you read on Mr. Feraday.
    A- "The single fragment of cirquit board, shown life-size in photograph 330, wherein
    it is compared to an index finger, was given the identity PT/35(b)".
    Q- Can we pause there. Do you go on to explain to us that after it was delivered to
    the police for investigational purposes, various samples were removed from the
    A- That's correct. Yes.
    Q- Does the photograph that are looking at show the sample-- I'm sorry, show the
    fragment before any samples were removed? A No, sir. It shows after some of it's
    been removed.
    Q- I see. Could we then, whilst keeping that photograph on the screen, look at
    photograph 334. And is it possible to have 330 as well. And if it's possible could we magnify 330. If we look at 334, Mr. Feraday, what does that show us?

    A- That's a photograph of fragment PT/35 as recovered in the laboratory.
    Q- Is that prior to the removal of any samples?
    A- That is correct. Yes, sir.
    Q- And can we see, then , by comparison with the fragment shown, as pictured in
    330, that a portion has been removed from along the top--. A- Yes,sir.------
    Q- We have on the screen the photograph number 334, which you told us a moment
    ago was one of the orginal photographs of the fragment taken at your laboratory?
    A- It is indeed, sir, yes.
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