Tuesday, April 5, 2011

More Problems For Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill

As if Kenny MacAskill didn't have enough problems with the Hollie Greig case, the defection of former Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa threatens to re-open the can of worms which is the Lockerbie affair. MacAskill risibly claims:  ‎"I think everybody accepts that the Crown and police investigation in Scotland has been thorough, diligent and carried out fairly and appropriately". It is more likely that these investigations were as thorough and diligent as the medical examinations which concluded that the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing had no more than three months to live.

 MacAskill's view is not shared by former MP Tam Dalyell who states: "As I have said before, I believe that at times the Crown Office has been duplicitous about this," he said. "So they would be the wrong people to question him."

  I would recommend the blog written by Robert Black QC on the Lockerbie affair. Having briefly scanned it, I learnt that there is considerable evidence to suggest that Iran and Syria, not Libya, were responsible for the bombing and that two key witnesses at the trial were paid a total of $3 million by the CIA.

The Scottish justice system is once again coming under the microscope.

1 comment:

  1. Robert Black blogged a newspaper report on the release of Megrahi, which included a very interesting suggestion.


    "Your justice secretary had two choices - sneak into Megrahi's cell and smother him with his pillow or release him.

    The end game came down to damage limitation because the evidence amassed by his appeal team is explosive and extremely damning to your system of justice."