Lockerbie — Christine Grahame MSP : “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied”

“In the meantime, yet to be completed and sent to the Crown Office is the separate police-led Sandwood inquiry into the actions at the time of police, prosecutors and forensic officials. The inquiry, which is investigating claims of attempts to pervert the course of justice prior to the Camp Zeist trial, started in 2014. Pronouncements have been made on its imminent conclusion, which has been much postponed. Although the SCCRC could conclude its findings without that report, I have no doubt that it would be difficult for it to fully conclude without it. Sandwood’s—to be kind—slow progress is cause for concern, because 30 years on, justice delayed is justice denied for the people of Lockerbie, the Syracuse students, every other one of the 270 who died and their families and friends—and, perhaps, even the Megrahi family.”

Christine Grahame MSP (October 2 2018)

“I found it quite upsetting. The man is obviously very ill and he is desperate to see his family – absolutely desperate to see his family – so, whatever it takes, that’s the priority. He did tell me things I can’t discuss with you. But I am absolutely more convinced than ever that there has been a miscarriage of justice.”

Christine Grahame MSP (May 2009)

Christine Grahame has been a Member of the Scottish Parliament since its inception in 1999. Grahame has been outspoken in her view that the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing is unsafe and represents a miscarriage of justice. Grahame has lodged several questions and motions on this scandalous case in the Scottish Parliament and continues to be involved with campaign groups on the matter. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

RELATED POST: Lockerbie Victim’s Father : “Lockerbie Trial Was a Parody of Justice.”

RELATED POST: One Year Ago — CIA Asset Dr Richard Fuisz : TEREX & Lockerbie

RELATED POST: One Year Ago — Former DST Director Yves Bonnet: “Libya NOT responsible for Lockerbie!”

RELATED POST: RELATED POST: Ambassador Andrew Ivy Killgore (1919-2016): Lockerbie Trial Was a Cover-Up

RELATED POST: Lockerbie and the SCCRC — A primer from Law Professor Robert Black

RELATED POST: FBI PSA : “Think Before You Post” — FLASHBACK : “The Helsinki Warning”

What follows is the text of a speech made by Christine Grahame MSP during the debate in the Scottish Parliament on 2 October 2018 on the motion Cycle to Syracuse to mark the 30th anniversary of the Lockerbie disaster.

I declare an interest as a member of the Justice for Megrahi campaign. I congratulate Oliver Mundell on securing the debate and welcome his so-called Syracuse team to the gallery.

It is important to recall that dreadful night nearly 30 years ago, with the deaths of so many people. They included the young students who will be commemorated on the cycle journey. Their lives ended tragically, but now the cyclists are taking the journey to the destination that those students never reached. We are also reminded of the 11 Lockerbie residents who died that night, and the actions of the professionals who, through their sensitivity and kindness, then and over the years, have created a bond across the ocean between the families of those who were killed that night.

Lockerbie, like Aberfan before it and Dunblane, never wanted to be in the headlines for being a graveyard for so many, but it has dealt with the atrocity with grace and dignity. It should not have been Lockerbie, of course. The delay to flight 103 meant that the bomb, which was probably intended to detonate over the sea without evidential trace, did so over acres of bleak winter Scottish countryside.

Although I have nothing but admiration for the Lockerbie community, I feel that no line can be drawn under that night until the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is finally and fully tried on a last appeal. Members will recall that a second appeal on a referral from the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission was abandoned by Megrahi. In my view, that was to secure his transfer from Greenock to Libya to be with his family as he succumbed to terminal cancer. The evidence has not been heard to this day.

I met him three times, and he made it clear at our last meeting that it was not for himself but for his family that he wished his name to be cleared. He did not want the name “Megrahi” to forever be part of the Lockerbie atrocity. At this moment, a third application for review, which has been lodged by his family, is in process with the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission. I have been told by the SCCRC that the application has passed stage 1; in other words, the commission has accepted his reasons for abandoning the second appeal—in other words, because he thought that would help to secure his release. The process is now at stage 2; that is, the substance of the grounds for a new appeal are being considered. The commission hopes to report by summer 2019.

In the meantime, yet to be completed and sent to the Crown Office is the separate police-led Sandwood inquiry into the actions at the time of police, prosecutors and forensic officials. The inquiry, which is investigating claims of attempts to pervert the course of justice prior to the Camp Zeist trial, started in 2014. Pronouncements have been made on its imminent conclusion, which has been much postponed. Although the SCCRC could conclude its findings without that report, I have no doubt that it would be difficult for it to fully conclude without it. Sandwood’s—to be kind—slow progress is cause for concern, because 30 years on, justice delayed is justice denied for the people of Lockerbie, the Syracuse students, every other one of the 270 who died and their families and friends—and, perhaps, even the Megrahi family.

Scotland Tonight – Death of the Lockerbie Bomber

Published on May 22, 2012

The Lockerbie Bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has been buried in Tripoli.

He was the only person convicted of the atrocity, but tonight the possibility has been raised of fresh prosecutions.

A renewed investigation is underway to trace others who were involved in the bombing.

Three weeks ago, in Tripoli, the head of Scotland’s prosecution service asked the new Libyan Government for its help.

In his first interview since the visit, Frank Mulholland said he was sufficiently encouraged by the response to believe that at some point in the future, there could be fresh prosecutions.

FBI special agent Richard Marquise who helped build the case leading to Megrahi’s conviction is unsure.

Scotland Tonight spoke with him, and in the studio spoke with Clare Connolly from the Lockerbie Trial Briefing Unit who believes that al-Megrahi’s 2001 conviction was sound, and the SNP MSP Christine Grahame who is convinced of his innocence.

REFERENCES

Christine Grahame — Wikipedia

=

Lockerbie — Christine Grahame MSP : “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied”

This entry was posted in Lockerbie and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s