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Christine Grahame MSP has today lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament calling for a “full public inquiry into UK and international issues” surrounding the Pan Am 103 debacle.
As the scope for a Scottish Government inquiry is restricted matters fully devolved to Scotland, specifically, those relating to the prosecution of Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, she has also written to deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg calling upon him to initiate a parallel inquiry from the UK Government.
The motion is entitled “25 years on from Lockerbie, the Time is Right for a UK-led Inquiry.”
The motion states that “many questions remain as to whether the conviction of Abdelbaset al Megrahi is secure” and 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.”
The motion adds that it “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.”
The Herald newspaper said this week that “a full public inquiry is required to establish the truth and restore faith in the justice system.”
In 2009, the Editor of The Firm was invited to sign an open letter to the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations Organisation calling for a full public inquiry into the Lockerbie affair alongside a range of international figures including activist and academic Noam Chomsky, former Parliamentarian Tam Dalyell, members of the Justice for Megrahi Group and UK Families Flight 103.
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