Lockerbie — Trial Start Delayed by COVID-19

“We are in discussion with the court about when we might have a hearing, and we anticipate that things will be clearer in May [2020] on the basis that lockdown provisions in Scotland will continue for at least the next 3 weeks, and we have a very restricted court programme in the meantime.”

Crown Office (April 16 2020)

April 18 2020 — The procedural hearing in the Lockerbie new appeal that was scheduled to take place yesterday in the High Court of Justiciary has been postponed on account of the suspension of most court business during the current COVID-19 lockdown. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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What follows is a recent communication (dated April 16 2020) from the Crown Office to the relatives of the victims:

“This is just a quick message to let you know that the hearing scheduled for tomorrow in the appeal court has been postponed, perhaps unsurprisingly, given the current situation.

We are in discussion with the court about when we might have a hearing, and we anticipate that things will be clearer in May on the basis that lockdown provisions in Scotland will continue for at least the next 3 weeks, and we have a very restricted court programme in the meantime.

Legal representatives for the appellant’s family have been given an extension of time by the court to 30 April 2020 to lodge grounds of appeal and both the prosecution and the appellant’s representatives are expecting further supporting documentation from the SCCRC, which we expect towards the end of this month.

We will of course continue to keep you updated as matters progress, and please let us know if there is any further information we can provide at this time.”

So, as a result of the current shutdown, legal representatives for the appellant’s family have been given an extension of time by the court to 30 April 2020 to lodge grounds of appeal.

Will Megrahi’s lawyers use this delay to put together a convincing case regarding PT/35(b)?

PT/35(b) was the central piece of evidence of the Lockerbie Case. The fragment “unambiguously” linked Libya to the bombing of Pan Am 103.

As Richard Marquise — the FBI Agent who led the US side of the investigation — famously said:

“Without PT/35(b), there would have been no indictment.”

Today, we KNOW that PT/35(b) could not have been part of the MST-13 timers delivered to Libya.

Without a review of this key piece of evidence, this new appeal will not provide closure on Lockerbie.

REFERENCES

Preliminary procedural hearing fixed in Megrahi appeal — Lockerbiecase

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Lockerbie — Trial Start Delayed by COVID-19

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