Friday, 14 November 2008

Interim liberation refused

The High Court of Justiciary this morning refused Abdelbaset Megrahi's application for interim liberation. The court's view was that the gravity of the crime of which he stands convicted is such that liberation pending his appeal could not reasonably be expected except on compelling compassionate grounds. Their Lordships expressed the view that Mr Megrahi's state of health has not as yet reached the stage where its seriousness overrides the factor of the gravity of the crime. The court indicated that it would be willing to consider a further application for bail if and when his prognosis is clearer or his medical condition deteriorates.

The court's written Opinion can be read here. The report of today's proceedings on the BBC News website can be read here.

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