Subject:

Re: 'UK Families-Flight 103' and SCCRC and Lord Fraser.

From:

Jennifer Veitch <jen@jenniferveitch.co.uk>

Date:

Mon, 31 Oct 2005 21:43:26 +0000

 

To:

DrJimSwire@aol.com

 

Dear Dr Swire,

Thank you for forwarding your letters, which I have read with interest.

I have filed a news piece to The Scotsman, as they had requested, although I am not sure how much space it will be allotted in tomorrow's edition - the news agenda has been somewhat taken over by the sudden resignation of the Scottish Tory leader David McLetchie.

However the main interview which I did with Professor Black will appear in the legal pages tomorrow. It is a profile piece, but most of his comments relate to the Lockerbie case. I understand it should run to about 1300 words, which is of course, not a great deal of space considering the complexities!

Although I am freelance, I am writing regularly for the Scotsman's law pages, so I would like to keep in touch with you if that's OK? PersonaIly speaking I think it's important that the case doesn't slip off the news radar.

Kind regards,

Jennifer

 

Jennifer Veitch

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On 31 Oct 2005, at 18:21, DrJimSwire@aol.com wrote:



Dear Jennifer Veitch,

 

Thank you for listening.

As promised I copy two recent letters. I don't think either was published, but they give you an orientation re the group's attitude to Fraser and the SCCRC.

 

You can use them now in any way you choose (including deleting them!)

 

Jim Swire

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Sir,                            TIMES(London) letters editor        26th October 2005

 

Magnus Linklater's article is very welcome in drawing your readers' attention back to the worst terrorist outrage to occur in this country.

 

Many of us share his doubts about the trial.

 

From the very first days after December 21st 1988 the crash site was overrun by American 'agents'. So overwhelming was this that the redoubtable Tam Dalyell began to receive questions about it and became involved.

 

The Scottish police cannot be blamed for being unable to exert the preferred tight security for the huge search area of this 'scene of crime', in the face of intense US agent activity.

 

At the trial, evidence showed conclusively that at least one item had been removed, interfered with, and then replaced deliberately for the police to find. Thus the whole evidence chain was rendered suspect.

 

The task of a nation's intelligence services is to support what is seen as that nation's interests, that is not always synonymous with truth and justice.

 

Magnus did not mention that when the investigation was suddenly redirected to Libya in 1990, it was at that time crucial to ensure that Syrian tanks were at least neutral to the coalition forces for the first Gulf war, while it was noted that US hostages held by Syrian/ Iranian groups in Lebanon were freed almost at once.

 

I believe that Scottish Criminal Justice, through the Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission, must reconsider this case. its excellent reputation depends upon it.

 

John Donne wrote "on a huge hill, cragged and steep, truth stands and he that would reach her about must, and about must go." We have been doing that for near 17 years, we still need to know who slaughtered our loved ones.

 

For our country the price of truth and justice may be great, the price of failing to deliver them may well be even greater.

 

Dr Jim Swire, father of Flora, murdered at Lockerbie, member 'UK Families-Flight 103'

 

drjimswire@aol.com 

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Letters editor, the HERALD                                 25th October 2005

 

Weekend reports of comments by Lord Fraser

 

Sir,

 

Lord Fraser's alleged comments at this time as to the reliability of Mr Gauchi, (perhaps the most important or 'star' single prosecution witness to actually attend the Zeist trial), are so unusual that their significance is hard to evaluate. So is his contribution to the question of repatriation for Mr. Megrahi.

 

There was to have been another 'star' witness at Zeist - 'Jiaka'. Revelations in court about how he had been an informer, manipulated onto an American warship,and intimidated by his American minders, led to profound distrust of his evidence. Colin Boyd, by then Lord Advocate, reached the very boundaries of propriety in attempting to make himself the judge of which CIA telegrams concerning Jiaka should be deemed relevant to the case and divulged to the defence. At least he did that contemporaneously in the Zeist court.

 

If we presume that Lord Fraser's comments are correctly reported they represent a very different  challenge to the process of criminal justice than the alleged secret political negotiations of last week, or than the disgraceful affair of Jiaka.

 

They represent an own goal by the prosecution team - scored in extra time.

 

These comments from Lord Fraser challenge not only the conditions of Mr Megrahi's imposed sentence, but also, much more importantly, the reliability of the verdict itself.

 

Lord Fraser was a Lord Advocate actually in charge of part of the preparation of the prosecution case. Clearly if he had doubts at that time about Mr Gauchi he should have acted upon them.

 

Perhaps his doubts only arose after he heard the evidence of Mr Gauchi at Zeist; in that case he should have expressed them then, perhaps he did.

 

Perhaps he became doubtful when he heard the allegations about suspicious invitations to Gauchi to take part in fishing trips in Scotland, which sounded to some like improper 'grooming' operations, in contrast to the intimidation to which the other 'star', Jiaka had been subjected.

 

Having apparently expressed his doubts now at this late time at least he has dictated that the SCCRC, if these comments do turn out to be authentic, must take them into account, for his past role ensures they have significance.

 

As to the propriety or otherwise of such comments in this context, others with expert knowledge of Scottish law must be the judges of that.

 

 

 

Dr Jim Swire, father of Flora, murdered at Lockerbie, member 'UK Families-Flight 103'

 

drjimswire@aol.com