Lockerbie — Megrahi Conviction to be Reviewed by the SCCRC

“The (SCCRC) commission has decided that it is in the interests of justice to accept the current application for a full review of his conviction.”

SCCRC chief executive Gerard Sinclair — May 3 2018

“I regard the Lockerbie verdict against Megrahi as a ‘Grand Monument to Human Stupidity’.  Indeed, the written opinion of the Lockerbie judges is a remarkable document that claims an ‘honoured place in the history of British miscarriages of justice.’ If the [SCCRC] Commission accepts the application for a full review, the infamous Zeist verdict doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving.”

INTEL TODAY — July 5 2017

Mandela visiting Megrahi — aka the ‘Lockerbie bomber’ — in prison. Many thanks to my friend John Ashston who took the picture.

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) will review the case of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only man ever convicted for the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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The commission said it would examine the case to decide whether it would be appropriate to refer the matter for a fresh appeal.

SCCRC chief executive Gerard Sinclair said the commission believed Megrahi abandoned his appeal as he believed that would allow him to return to Libya.

“In any application where an applicant has previously chosen to abandon an appeal against conviction the commission will, at the first stage of its process, look carefully at the reasons why the appeal was abandoned and consider whether it is in the interests of justice to allow a further review of the conviction,” he said.

“The commission has now investigated this particular matter and interviewed the key personnel who were involved in the process at the time the previous appeal was abandoned in 2009.

“The commission has also sought access to the relevant materials and has recovered the vast majority of these, including the defence papers which were not provided during its previous review.

“Having considered all the available evidence the commission believes that Mr Megrahi, in abandoning his appeal, did so as he held a genuine and reasonable belief that such a course of action would result in him being able to return home to Libya, at a time when he was suffering from terminal cancer.

“On that basis, the commission has decided that it is in the interests of justice to accept the current application for a full review of his conviction.”

In June 2007, the SCCRC published a summary of its findings indicating that there were six grounds upon which it had concluded that a miscarriage of justice might have occurred.

The new grounds for appeal include ­questions over the integrity of evidence ­produced by the Crown at the original trial, including circuit board fragments and clothes.

Many experts believe that PT/35(b) — the infamous fragment of the Swiss timer found at Lockerbie — was indeed fabricated and planted at the site to point the finger at Gaddafi.

There are serious and undisputable scientific reasons to believe that this is indeed the case.

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They also claim that crucial testimony given by Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci was false and should have been ruled inadmissible.

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For those interested in the Lockerbie Trial tragedy, I recommend the excellent blog of Professor Black: TheLockerbieCase. Those who want to study the forensic history of PT/35(b) will find many resources and original documents on the  PT35B blog. Also, you may want to check the blog of Dr Jim Swire and Peter Biddulph: The LockerbieTruth.

Lockerbie bomber’s conviction to be reviewed as family bid to clear his name  

REFERENCES

Lockerbie bomber’s conviction to be reviewed — BBC

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Lockerbie — Megrahi Conviction to be Reviewed by the SCCRC

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One Response to Lockerbie — Megrahi Conviction to be Reviewed by the SCCRC

  1. Craig says:

    Excellent news.
    Very best wishes to family members and campaigners.
    I wonder if there are any implications with ongoing Police Scotland investigation ‘Operation Sandwood’.

    Liked by 1 person

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