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PE01370: Justice for Megrahi

Justice

Petitioner: Dr Jim Swire on behalf of Justice for Megrahi

Status:
Lodged

Date Lodged: 01 November 2010

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to open an independent inquiry into the 2001 Kamp van Zeist conviction of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in December 1988.

Petition History:

Summary:

9 November 2010: The Committee took evidence from Dr Jim Swire, Professor Robert Black QC, Mr Robert Forrester, Father Patrick Keegans and Mr Iain McKie and agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking responses to points raised in the petition and during the discussion. Link to Official Report 9 November 2010

25 January 2011: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service seeking a response to specific points. Link to Official Report 25 January 2011

1 March 2011: The Committee agreed to invite, in its legacy paper, the Session 4 Public Petitions Committee to give further consideration to the petition. Link to Official Report 1 March 2011

28 June 2011: The Committee agreed to refer the petition to the Justice Committee under Rule 15.6.2 for further consideration. Link to Official Report 28 June 2011

8 November 2011: The Justice Committee considered PE1370 by Dr Jim Swire, Professor Robert Black QC, Mr Robert Forrester, Father Patrick Keegans and Mr Iain McKie on behalf of Justice for Megrahi calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to open an independent inquiry into the 2001 Kamp van Zeist conviction of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in December 1988 and agreed: by division (For 6, Against 3, Abstentions 0), to keep the petition open pending the outcome of Lord Carloway's review of Scottish criminal procedure and evidence and the Committee's consideration of forthcoming Scottish Government legislation concerning the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission. Link to Official Report 8 November 2011

25 September 2012: The Justice Committee considered PE1370 by Dr Jim Swire, Professor Robert Black QC, Robert Forrester, Father Patrick Keegans and Iain McKie on behalf of Justice for Megrahi on opening an independent inquiry into the 2001 Kamp van Zeist conviction of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in December 1988: to keep the petition open pending a response from the Scottish Government to correspondence from Justice for Megrahi. Link to Official Report 25 September 2012 (312KB pdf)

18 February 2014: The Justice Committee considered PE1370 by Dr Jim Swire, Professor Robert Black QC, Robert Forrester, Father Patrick Keegans and Iain McKie on Justice for Megrahi and agreed to keep the petition open and to write to the Chief Constable seeking clarification regarding the handling of the petitioners' concerns by Police Scotland; and the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission to ascertain whether an application to review the conviction of Mr Al-Megrahi has been made recently.

3 June 2014: The Justice Committee agreed to keep the petition open and to keep matters under review. Link to Official Report 3 June 2014 (432KB pdf)

4 November 2014: The Justice Committee agreed to monitor the progress being made between Justice for Megrahi and Police Scotland and to consider the petition again at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 4 November 2014

3 February 2015: The Justice Committee considered PE1370 by Dr Jim Swire, Professor Robert Black QC, Robert Forrester, Father Patrick Keegans and Iain McKie on Justice for Megrahi and agreed to note recent correspondence from Justice for Megrahi and latest developments with the case, and to keep the petition open. Link to Official Report 3 February 2015

21 April 2015: The Justice Committee considered PE1370 by Dr Jim Swire, Professor Robert Black QC, Robert Forrester, Father Patrick Keegans and Iain McKie on Justice for Megrahi and agreed to write to the Lord Advocate seeking his views on the petitioners' suggestion of appointing an independent prosecutor to consider the forthcoming Police Scotland report and to keep the petition open. Link to Official Report 21 April 2015

22 September 2015: The Justice Committee considered PE1370 by Dr Jim Swire, Professor Robert Black QC, Robert Forrester, Father Patrick Keegans and Iain McKie on Justice for Megrahi and agreed to keep the petition open, and to write to the Lord Advocate seeking clarification on the status of the independent Counsel referred to in prior correspondence. Link to Official Report 22 September 2015

5 January 2016: The Justice Committee considered PE1370 by Dr Jim Swire, Professor Robert Black QC, Robert Forrester, Father Patrick Keegans and Iain McKie on Justice for Megrahi and agreed to write to the Lord Advocate asking him to respond to recent correspondence from the petitioners and to keep the petition open whilst monitoring the progress of the Police Scotland investigation known as Operation Sandwood. Link to Official Report 5 January 2016

23 February 2016: The Justice Committee considered PE1370 by Dr Jim Swire, Professor Robert Black QC, Robert Forrester, Father Patrick Keegans and Iain McKie on Justice for Megrahi and agreed to write to the Lord Advocate expressing disappointment at his late reply to the Committee, and to consider the petition further at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 23 February 2016

1 March 2016: The Justice Committee considered PE1370 by Dr Jim Swire, Professor Robert Black QC, Robert Forrester, Father Patrick Keegans and Iain McKie on Justice for Megrahi and agreed to write to Police Scotland seeking further information regarding the progress of Operation Sandwood, to keep the petition open and to recommend that a future justice committee gives further consideration to it. Link to Official Report 1 March 2016

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