Socceroo wrote: Even if al-Megrahi was involved he was not acting alone.
Socceroo wrote:If it was a Libyan plot then Gadafi would have been involved, which makes Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, the US Secretary of State and the Duke of York’s pandering to him sickening. That should be more of a concern to the relatives of the Lockerbie victims than the release of a terminally ill man who was acting on the Instructions of a Dictator.
onyirtodd wrote: The only person proven to be pandering to Libya is MacAskill....
Statement by Dr. Hans Koechler, International Observer, appointed by the United Nations, at the Lockerbie Trial in the Netherlands
Domestic and international legal aspects of the release
[...]The decision by Scotland’s Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, was in conformity with Scots law and did not violate any international obligation of the United Kingdom [..]
Omission by Scotland's Justice Secretary of any reference to the decision of Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission
Mr. MacAskill was right, in political as well as legal terms, in releasing Mr. Al Megrahi on compassionate grounds. However, in yesterday’s statement explaining his decision, he failed the test of statesmanship or judicial expertise. Upon concluding his statement he appeared more like a Prosecutor in a trial, suddenly assuming a vindictive tone and trying to convince the court of the guilt of the indicted, not like the Secretary of Justice who has to make a decision that is not related to the question of guilt or innocence (as is the case with “release on compassionate grounds” according to Scots law).
It is noteworthy that, in his statement, the Justice Secretary did not in any way take note of the fact that - in the years since the trial court's decision on 31 January 2001 - serious doubts have arisen about the guilty verdict and that the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) – after four (!) years of painstaking investigations – had stated (in June 2007) that it suspects a miscarriage of justice and had, thus, referred the case back to the appeal court. He did – obviously deliberately – overlook the finding of the SCCRC according to which “there is no reasonable basis in the trial court’s judgment for its conclusion that the purchase [by Mr. Al Megrahi] of the items [clothes] from Mary’s House, took place on 7 December 1988.” It does not need special intellectual skills to realize that the entire verdict collapses if there is no proof for the assertion that Mr. Al Megrahi was the person who bought clothes on that particular day in that particular shop in Malta.
In view of the appeal now having been aborted, the work of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission will have been in vain. The least that is to be expected from the Scottish judicial authorities is that they publish the full report of the Commission. Up to the present moment, not only the full report has not been released into the public domain, several grounds of appeal given by the Commission are being kept secret.[....]
Socceroo wrote: .
It is easier to blame the Scottish Government than the Libyan Government. You would think that Kenny Macaskill planted the bomb on the plane with all the crap that the Americans are putting out. If George Dubya Boosh was still in power the F15's would have been over Glasgow on Thursday night.
Socceroo wrote:1980's - Libyans allegedly bomb Americans in Germany - USA bombs his tents in retaliation - then they are all big pals with the alleged perpetrator in his tent in 2008.
It was claimed that the air strike killed at least 40 people in Libya. Forewarned by a telephone call from Malta's Prime Minister, Karmenu Mifsud Bonnici, that unauthorized aircraft were flying over Maltese airspace heading south towards Tripoli, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family rushed out of their residence in the Bab al Aziziya compound moments before the bombs dropped. Gaddafi escaped injury but his 15-month-old adopted daughter Hanna was killed, and two of his sons were injured
John wrote:"Dear Muammar....happy Ramadan.." - Gordon Brown.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/aug/2 ... -lockerbie
From the Guardian too!
Bing Buzby wrote:If some eedjit decides to to cancel their bus tour of the lochs over this, then that is easily a price worth paying for a justice system that does not bow before the whimsy of Fox News.
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