“Meteorological evidence was led for the period 7/8 December and 23/24 November.
The latter period had light intermittent rain at Luqa airport and the weather in Sliema, where Gauccis shop was located was very likely to have been the same.
On 7th December there had been a trace of rain at Luqa airport at 9 am, but no rain was recorded later that day”
He was asked if there was any likelihood of rain there between six and seven in the evening. His response was that it was 90% that there wouldn’t have been”.
Kenny MacAskill — Cabinet Secretary for Justice in the Scottish Government (2007 – 2014)
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A Simple Question
Please, read again the above excerpt from MacAskill’s book and ask yourself the following question. Which of the two periods is the meteorologist describing? Take your time. You may want to read the text carefully.
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The Book — The Lockerbie Bombing: The Search for Justice
On December 21, 1988, Pan Am flight 103 departed London Heathrow for New York. Shortly after take-off, a bomb detonated, killing all on board and devastating the small Scottish town of Lockerbie. Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was convicted of the crime.
His subsequent release from prison and deportation to Libya caused a political controversy in the UK and severely damaged Anglo-American relations.
Kenny MacAskill explains the international dimensions involved and lays bare the commercial and security interests that ran in the background throughout the investigation and trial.
“Kenny MacAskill was a hero of principle surrounding the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi – the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, who was then dying of cancer. Now he has written a gripping and revealing account of the bombing, telling the whole story with honesty and compassion, as well as a forensic attention to detail. Essential reading for anyone with unanswered questions about the worst terrorist attack ever to be perpetrated in Britain.”
Clive Stafford Smith
“This book details the duplicity of UK and US governments who condemned the release while negotiating commercial deals with the Gaddafi regime. It tells of the pressures on the judicial system of Scotland from the global controversy and a Justice Secretary’s search for justice. It ends with the most credible explanation yet published of who was really responsible for the downing of Pan Am flight 103. A must-read book by the man in the eye of the storm.”
Alex Salmond — First Minister of Scotland from 2007 to 2014
Pay attention to the following comment and replies…
A few days ago, the following comment appeared — out of the blue — on the LockerbeCase Blog. Both Professor Black — the so-called “architect” of the Lockerbie trial — and a person using the alias ‘ROLFE’ replied. Again read VERY carefully.
Not necessarily related to the petition but i’m currently reading Kenny MacAskills book
On page 116 while discussing the meteorological evidence he states
“Meteorological evidence was led for the period 7/8 December and 23/24 November. The latter period had light intermittent rain at Luqa airport and the weather in Sliema, where Gauccis shop was located was very likely to have been the same. On 7th December there had been a trace of rain at Luqa airport at 9am, but no rain was recorded later that day”
He goes on to say of the meteorologist “He was asked if there was any likelihood of rain there between six and seven in the evening. His response was that it was 90% that there wouldn’t have been”.
Am I correct in thinking that he got this back to front? I thought the weather for the 23rd was rain not the 7th? hopefully Rolfe or someone else knowledgeable can confirm if that’s correct.
Now surely as justice secretary he should know exactly the evidence. more importantly in years to come, as he’s expected to be an authority will this glaring error become the truth. Can someone clarify please?
Robert Black 21 December, 2017
The evidence at the trial was that there had been rain at the relevant time on 23 November, but 90% probability of no rain at all on 7 December. The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, largely on the basis of this evidence, found that no reasonable court could have concluded that purchase date was 7 December.
Rolfe 21 December, 2017
As the professor says, he does seem to have got that the wrong way round. Not a stickler for accuracy is our Kenny.
He refused point-blank to read my book. I think he prefers to remain in ignorance.
The Book — Page 116 & 117
Just to make sure, you can check by yourself that the text is correctly quoted although the conclusion has been ‘unfortunately’ cut off….
English can be a tricky language
For instance, it is easy to alter the meaning of a sentence by adding — or removing — a single word. Russian people — who do not like using ‘articles’ too much — are often at pain to understand this fine point of the English language. Here is a neat example:
Few who knew him liked him.
The few who knew him liked him.
But the case I discuss in this post is by far sneakier! Here, some people decided to libel MacAskill by ignoring just ONE letter from a single word he wrote! This must be worthy of an entry in the Guinness book of records!
Read again…. MacAskill wrote the ‘LATTER period’ and not the ‘LATER period’.
Later refers to time. For example:
“I will call you later.”
Latter refers to the second of two persons or things mentioned previously. For example:
“There are two kinds of worries: those you can do something about and those you can’t. Don’t spend any time on the latter.” — Duke Ellington
By ignoring just one letter ‘T’ in the word ‘LATTER’, the person who posted the comment completely reversed the meaning of the sentence. HE/SHE simply switched the two periods, namely 7/8 December and 23/24 November.
Thus the ‘latter period’ refers to November, and NOT December, as would be the case if he had written’the later period’.
ROLFE then moved in to discredit Kenny MacAskill:
“As the professor says, he does seem to have got that the wrong way round. Not a stickler for accuracy is our Kenny.”
THIS IS FAKE NEWS!
MacAskill is actually absolutely correct regarding the statement made by the meteorologist from Malta at the Lockerbie trial.
And it is absolutely obvious if you take the time to read his conclusion that was cut off from the comment. (see page 117)
So many years ago, I wrote the following:
Regarding the day of the purchase, Tony Gauci remembered that his brother Paul had gone home earlier to watch an evening football game (Rome vs. Dresden), that the man came just before closing time, around 7 p.m., and that there was some very light raining. (The man returned to the shop to buy an umbrella.) The game allows for only two dates: Nov. 23 or Dec. 7, 1988.
The game Rome-Dresden on Dec. 7 was played at 1 p.m., not in the evening. As a result, Paul Gauci thought that the purchases had occurred on Nov. 23, 1988.
And there is more. It did not rain on Sliema on Dec. 7, 1988. Mark Vella, the managing director of METEO-MALTA, told this author that their records – including satellite pictures — unambiguously indicate that it did not rain on Sliema on Dec. 7. On the other hand, Vella could confirm that it was dripping during the evening of Nov. 23, 1988. (NB. Official copies of their records are available.)
When asked to try to assess the most likely day of the purchase by DCI Bell, Tony Gauci stated: “I’ve been asked to again try and pinpoint the day and date that I sold the man the clothing. I can only say it was a weekday. There were no Christmas decorations up, as I have already said, and I believe it was at the end of November.”
During a three years long investigation, the SCCRC has established that the Christmas lights are put up in Sliema on Dec. 6, ruling out Dec. 7 as the date of the purchase.
In a phone interview conducted on Jan. 25, 2008, Tony Gauci stated that the three pairs of pajamas he sold to the mysterious buyer were the last from the 16 delivered from the John Mallia Company on Oct. 31, 1988.
On the following day, Tony Gauci called the Mallia Company to order an additional 8 pairs which were delivered 24 hours later.
In Malta, Dec. 8 is a public holiday as the mostly Catholic country celebrates Immaculate Conception Day. As a matter of fact, John Mallia Co. was closed on Dec. 8, again ruling out Dec. 7 as the day of the purchase.
Attention to Details?
The Lockerbie judges concluded that Megrahi — the so-called Lockerbie bomber — was the mysterious purchaser of the clothes in Malta. [The investigators alleged that these clothes were packed in the suitcase containing the explosive device.] Megrahi had been on the island on December 7 but NOT on November 23
And despite overwhelming evidence that the purchase occurred on November 23, the judges decided it had happened on december 7!
Here is a pic of the blog. Just in case…
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