Friday 20 January 2017

Judges for Megrahi Zeist appeal named

Since my return to South Africa I have, until today, been in areas without internet connection. Here is what I would have posted on Thursday, 19 January had it been possible.

[What follows is a snippet from the Libya: News and Views website on this date in 2002:]

The five judges who will hear the appeal by the Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing were named yesterday. The bench is to be headed by Scotland’s senior judge, Lord Cullen, the Lord Justice-General. He will sit with Lords Kirkwood, Osborne, Macfadyen and Nimmo Smith. The appeal is due to start next Wednesday at the Scottish court in the Netherlands. A year ago, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, 49, was found guilty of murdering the 270 people who died when Pan-am Flight 103 was blown out of the sky above Lockerbie in December 1988. Lawyers for al-Megrahi will insist at the appeal that his conviction was a miscarriage of justice. [The Scotsman]

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