Tuesday, July 07, 2009

LOCKERBIE SCANDAL WORSENS AS JUDGE GOES OFF SICK


You might think that any reasonable person who has studied the Lockerbie bombing case should be able to see that Megrahi, the Libyan, is innocent.

You might think that the Scottish court hearing Megrahi's appeal should have decided by now, early July 2009, that Megrahi is innocent.

A decision on Megrahi, by the Scottish court, was expected by early July 2009.

However, it has now been announced that one of the judges, Lord Wheatley, is 'off sick'.

Op delays Lockerbie appeal

A decision on the appeal will not now be made until the autumn.

Defence QC Maggie Scott expressed "dismay" at the delay.

She said: "There is a very real risk my client will die before this case is adjudicated."

Lord Fraser was the lord advocate (1989-92) who initiated the case against Megrahi (the Libyan convicted in the Lockerbie trial).

On 20 December 2006 Lord Fraser was detained by police after they were called to Dundee Airport following reports of a disturbance on board an aircraft.

Lord Fraser was charged with disorderly conduct.

It was announced on 2 February 2007 that the Crown Office had dropped these charges due to insufficient evidence that an offence had been committed.

Lord Hardie, as Lord Advocate 1997-2000, was due to lead the prosecution team in the Lockerbie trial.

Lord Hardie resigned just before the Lockerbie trial began.

There were rumours that there was a lack of evidence to convict the Libyans.

Dr Hans Kochler, the United Nations observer appointed to oversee the Lockerbie trial, said the Lockerbie trial was "not fair and was not conducted in an objective manner". ( UN Lockerbie trial observer urges independent inquiry into the case )

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) examined the Lockerbie case.

Kochler said about the SCCRC: "In giving exoneration to the police, prosecutors, and forensic staff, I think they show their lack of independence.

"No officials to be blamed, simply a Maltese shopkeeper. They also exonerate the original trial and appeal defence team and this also surprises me.

"I have doubts that the Scottish judicial system has learned anything from the Lockerbie trial."


Tam Dalyell, former MP, said: "SO WHERE does the report of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission leave the reputation of Scottish justice?

"As the son-in-law of former Lord Justice Clerk, John Wheatley, and as one who helped to persuade Libya to surrender Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah and Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi to the Scottish legal process it pains me to say: 'In proverbial tatters.'..."

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