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Lockerbie Police Inquiry Delay Unacceptable

That the Parliament notes with concern that the inquiry by Police Scotland into allegations of criminality by the force relating to the Lockerbie bombing is the subject of Public Petition PE1370, which was lodged in 2010 by the Justice for Megrahi Campaign and is still live, but that Police Scotland's inquiry, Operation Sandwood, has still not concluded; understands that, in March 2016, Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone stated to the Justice Committee that, “I can nevertheless confirm that the investigation has entered its final phase. A detailed report will be submitted by the senior investigating officer to me within the next two months”, and that, "To ensure the critical requirement of demonstrating independence from the Crown, the report will be scrutinised by the independent Queen's Council appointed by Police Scotland"; highlights that, according to the answer to question S5W-06832 on 2 March 2017, no report has been received by the Crown Office and no counsel has been appointed; expresses concern over what it considers this extraordinary delay; is further concerned that the delay may impact on and impede the latest application to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission by the Megrahi family, and considers that the Scottish Government must now intervene to progress the conclusion of this report.

Supported by: Alex Neil, Neil Findlay


Current Status: Fallen on 29/11/2017
Lockerbie

That the Parliament welcomes the recent application to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission by the relatives of victims of the Lockerbie atrocity and of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi; notes that a dying Abdelbaset al-Megrahi abandoned his appeals in 2009 as he believed it would assist in returning him home; notes that evidence from that second appeal was therefore never heard, and considers that this application, if successful, would allow, after some 29 years since the horrendous crime, everyone, and most importantly the families of the victims, the opportunity to have all the available evidence tested in court.

Supported by: Neil Findlay, John Finnie, Ivan McKee


Current Status: Fallen on 29/11/2017
Unfinished Business

That the Parliament notes and welcomes the comments by the former Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, in his book, The Lockerbie Bombing, that “clothes in the suitcase containing the bomb were acquired in Malta though not by Megrahi“; notes that Gauci, the Maltese shopkeeper key to the identification of Megrahi as purchasing the items, made 19 separate statements to the police describing the purchaser of the clothes as 6ft tall and more than 50 years of age when Megrahi was 36 and 5ft 8 inches tall; notes further that, prior to the trial, Gauci had seen photographs of Megrahi in the media and understands that Gauci received $2 million from the US, and, in all the circumstances, considers that, with the key failure of identification, the conviction against Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi is unfinished business and cannot stand.

Supported by: Gillian Martin, Rona Mackay, Jenny Gilruth, Colin Beattie, Kevin Stewart, Mark McDonald, David Torrance, George Adam, John Finnie, Ivan McKee, Sandra White


Current Status: Fallen on 05/10/2016

To ask the First Minister how the Scottish Government will commemorate the passing of 25 years since the Lockerbie disaster.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 19/12/2013
Lockerbie, 25 Years On

That the Parliament notes that 21 December 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing when Pan-Am Flight 103 was destroyed over the town of Lockerbie with the loss of all lives on board, 243 passengers, 16 crew, and 11 Lockerbie residents; recognises the commitment of the people of Lockerbie to the memory of those lost, where at the Dryfesdale Cemetery a semi-circular stone wall in the garden of remembrance lists the names and nationalities of all the victims along with individual funeral stones and memorials and also recognises the continuing kindness and sensitivity to relatives of those killed while wishing to restore normality to their town; considers that, notwithstanding the conviction of Abdelbaset al Megrahi, this remains unfinished business, but, for the moment, simply wishes to express the continuing sorrow at so many lost lives.

Supported by: Jim Hume, Nigel Don, Angus MacDonald, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Chic Brodie, Dennis Robertson, Gil Paterson, Annabelle Ewing, Colin Beattie, Christian Allard, Richard Lyle, Mike MacKenzie, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Clare Adamson, John Finnie, David Torrance, Kevin Stewart, Jamie Hepburn, Aileen McLeod, Jean Urquhart, Sandra White, Colin Keir, Fiona McLeod


Current Status: Fallen on 11/03/2014
25 years on from Lockerbie, the Time is Right for a UK-led Inquiry

That the Parliament notes that 2013 marks 25 years since the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie; believes that many questions remain as to whether the conviction of Abdelbaset al Megrahi is secure; understands that, in terms of section 28 of the Inquiries Act 2005, the scope for a Scottish Government inquiry is restricted to only those matters fully devolved to Scotland; agrees with calls for a full public inquiry into UK and international issues such as the prisoner transfer agreement between Tony Blair and Colonel Gaddafi and the $2 million reportedly paid (together with a new identity) to the shop-keeper, Tony Gauci, who is considered to be the prime witness; further notes the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) findings that there may have been a miscarriage of justice and what it considers was the unsatisfactory abandonment of appeal proceedings, which left the SCCRC case untested; understands that the Scottish Government has pledged to co-operate fully with any UK-led inquiry, and agrees with calls for the UK Government to instigate that inquiry without further delay in order that, not least, the victims’ families and the residents of Lockerbie can finally be free of speculation.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, John Finnie, Jamie Hepburn, Dave Thompson


Current Status: Fallen on 12/03/2013

To ask the First Minister whether, in light of comments in the recently published biography of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the Scottish Government considers that an inquiry into all aspects of the Lockerbie bombing is now urgent.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 01/03/2012

To ask the First Minister, in light of the reported discovery of documents relating to the Gaddafi regime's connections with the US and UK intelligence services, whether the Scottish Government has requested access to any such documents that might be relevant to the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie.


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 08/09/2011
Megrahi Petition
That the Parliament notes the lodging of a petition by the Justice for Megrahi Committee, led by Dr Jim Swire, Iain McKie, Robert Forrester and Professor Robert Black, urging the establishment of an independent inquiry into the 2001 conviction of Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie on 21 December 1988; notes that the findings of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, which reported that there may have been a miscarriage of justice in the case, have still to be tested in a legal forum; would welcome the establishment of an independent inquiry in Scotland to consider all the circumstances that led to the conviction, and considers that there should be widespread international co-operation with such an inquiry.

Supported by: Patrick Harvie, Mike Pringle, Ted Brocklebank, Bill Wilson, Sandra White, Gil Paterson


Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
Lockerbie, Unfinished Business
That the Parliament commends the one-man play, Lockerbie: Unfinished Business, written and performed by David Benson and based on Dr Jim Swire's own manuscripts and extracts from the trial, winner of a Fringe First Award; notes that it narrates one man's grief at the loss of a much loved daughter from the night of the bombing through to an exposition as to why Dr Jim Swire, among others, believes that there has been a miscarriage of justice in the conviction of Al Megrahi, and considers this to be a further compelling component in a campaign for a full enquiry into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103  in 1988.

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn


 
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