Press Release

31/10/05

 

'UK Families-Flight 103'

 

A meeting was held today in Edinburgh between Tam Dalyell, other advisers and representatives of the UK Lockerbie relatives group.

The meeting was at the request of UK relatives who had been involved in bringing the 2 Libyan suspects to trial, and who are concerned that there may have been a miscarriage of justice.

A decision was reached to inform the Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission of our concerns, particularly in view of recent media allegations.

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Reaction from the TIMES

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The Times

November 01, 2005


Lockerbie families voice concerns

Relatives of the Lockerbie bombing victims agreed yesterday to inform the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission of their concerns about the guilt of the man convicted of the crime.

The decision was taken at a meeting in Edinburgh involving the former Labour MP Tam Dalyell and other advisers and representatives of the Lockerbie relatives’ group. Some relatives believe that Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi was wrongly convicted of the bombing.

 

 

A statement issued after the meeting said: “The meeting was at the request of UK relatives who have been involved in bringing the two Libyan suspects to trial, and who are concerned that there may have been a miscarriage of justice.”

Pan Am London-New York flight 103 blew up over Lockerbie on December 21, 1988, killing 270 people.

Al-Megrahi was given a 27-year jail sentence after a trial presided over by three Scottish judges in the Netherlands.

New evidence is due to be presented in an appeal to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission next year.

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Reaction from the SCOTSMAN

 

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Scotsman November 1st 2005

 

Architect of Lockerbie trial vows to fight for an appeal

JENNIFER VEITCH

ONE of the key architects of the Lockerbie trial has vowed to continue his fight to have the murder conviction of the Libyan bomber brought back to the appeal courts. In an interview with The Scotsman, Professor Robert Black said it was "the most disgraceful miscarriage of justice in Scotland for 100 years".

The professor of Scots law, who devised the non-jury trial that saw the case heard in 2000, said a failure to address concerns about the case would "gravely damage" the reputation of the Scottish criminal justice system.

 

 

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi is serving a life sentence for murdering 270 people by bombing Pan Am flight 103 in December 1988. The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) is looking at his case.

Prof Black said he felt "a measure of personal responsibility" for persuading Libya to allow Megrahi and his co-accused, Al-Amin Khalifa Fhima, who was acquitted, to stand trial under Scots law.

"I have written about this and nobody is interested," he said. "Every lawyer who has ... read the judgment says 'this is nonsense'. It is nonsense. It really distresses me; I won't let it go."

Dr Jim Swire, a spokesman for the UK families of Lockerbie victims, also doubts that the conviction is sound. After a meeting involving Prof Black and former Labour MP Tam Dalyell yesterday, the families are to write to the SCCRC urging it to pursue the case, even if Megrahi decides not to take the case further.

Dr Swire is also concerned by comments attributed to the former lord advocate Lord Fraser, which appeared to doubt the credibility of a key prosecution witness, Tony Gauci.

 

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The Scotsman also carried a major biopic of Prof Robert Black today in its law section, I may be in a position to forward this later: