The Lockerbie defense teamThe lawyers to defend the two suspects
of defense (Libya)
Mr. Maghur came back to law to defend Libya in the International court of justice in the case between Libya and Tunis (Dispute over the sea border) and won the case (A real legal accomplishment...!).
He then served as a minister of Petroleum and was chosen as the ONLY LIBYAN MINISTER TO EVER BE THE PRESIDENT OF OPEC. After that he held many posts including the Minister of Foreign affairs. In 1987 Mr. Maghur left politics and returned to his passion Law (Reopened his law firm MAGHUR & PARTNERS) and writting, his true love.
His junior council is also his daughter and law firm partner, Azza Kamel Maghur . Ms Maghur graduated from the Faculty of Law, Garyunis University, Benghazi, Libya in 1985. She did her postgraduate studies at the Sorbonne, Paris, France, obtaining a DEA in International law and International organisations. She was a member of the Libyan legal team in the Libya/Chad Territorial Dispute at the International Court of Justice.
Alistair Duff (Scotland)
He is currently partner in the well-known Scottish
law firm McCourts in Edinburgh. Alistair Duff is also involved with
the Law Society, is on the Management Committee of Crew 2000, a drug group
in Edinburgh and is a season ticket holder at Tynecastle!
Mr. Richard Keen (Scotland), QC
Other members of defense team
William Taylor, QC , will help represent Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi. Mr Taylor, 54, who also practises at the English bar, is a member of the new Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. He succeeded in overturning the conviction of John Daly, a bank robber who was jailed for feigning mental illness, and has successfully defended prison officers who were accused of assaulting inmates at Glenochil prison. He has been an advocate since 1971 and a QC since 1986. He has also been a barrister in England and Wales since 1990 and a QC there since 1998. He has been standing junior counsel for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the DHSS. His junior counsel is John Beckett , 36, a defence advocate who has acted as an advocate depute.
Mr. Stephen Mitchell (UK)
A senior legal source close to the case said yesterday the menís legal bills will be paid for by a "trust fund contributed to by various well-wishers, and the Libyan public will be asked to contribute". Gordon Jackson, QC, was paid £255,000 in legal aid last year as Scotlandís highest-paid advocate. Mr Taylor will be expected to earn at least £600,000. Mr Beckettís fees are anticipated to be in the region of £300,000-£400,000.
Mr Taylor was appointed August 1998 and travelled to Paris in November to meet the consortium of Libyan lawyers. He travelled to Tripoli for the first time on 23 February and spent four days there, meeting the accused and their lawyers. He returned on 30 March for three days, accompanied by Mr Beckett, to take further instruction from the Libyans. Mr Taylor, Mr Duff and his legal partner, Alex Prentice, saw their clients in Kamp van Zeist on 5 April when the Libyans arrived by helicopter from the Hague after flying in from Tripoli to surrender for trial. Since then they have prepared for the defense procedure by travelling to USA, Malta, Sweden and many other countries in serach of testimony and evidence.
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