Lockerbie Appeal 2020 — Appeal Date set to November 24 2020

“It is important to observe in limine that, although they explored a number of avenues of potential appeal, the SCCRC have referred only two grounds for the court’s consideration. In broad terms these are, first, that no reasonable court could have found Mr Megrahi guilty in so far as its verdict was based on the testimony of Antonio Gauci. This testimony was held: (i) to be an identification of Mr Megrahi as the purchaser of clothing, which was later identified in the debris from Pan Am flight 103, from a shop in Malta; and (ii) to fix the date of that purchase as at 7 December 1988. The second ground is based upon the failure of the Crown to disclose a number of documents which could have had a material effect on Mr Gauci’s evidence and hence the verdict. Although the SCCRC were asked to, and did, consider the significance of a failure to disclose two Protectively Marked Documents (PMDs), the SCCRC have not referred the case on the basis of any significance attaching to those documents.”

OPINION OF THE COURT delivered by LORD CARLOWAY, the LORD JUSTICE GENERAL (August 26 2020)

October 6 2020 — On March 11 2020, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission [SCCRC] decided to refer the Lockerbie case back to the High Court of Justiciary for determination. As a result of the Commission’s decision, Mr. Megrahi’s family was therefore entitled to instruct an appeal against his conviction. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

Lockerbie — Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…!

QUICK NOTE — To make it easier for the readers to retrieve various chapters of this book, I have created a special page  “Lockerbie” where all the links to the chapters will be listed with a brief description. You can access that page directly as it appears at the far right of the top bar of this blog. END of NOTE

Lockerbie — Three Decades of Lies: J’Accuse…!

The first procedural hearing took place on Friday August 21 2020. The appeal court’s written opinion has now been released.

The following order has been pronounced:

“The Court, having resumed consideration of the reference …

(…)

(6) appoint: (i) 24 November 2020 and the three following days as the date for the hearing of the appeal; 16 October 2020 as the date by which the appellant shall lodge a Case and Argument; (ii) 30 October 2020 as the date by which the respondent shall lodge a Case and Argument; and 6 November 2020 as the date by which all productions (including a core bundle if the productions exceed 500 pages), a joint reading list and a joint list of authorities shall be lodged.”

This short document is very interesting. I will share some of my thoughts about it in my next post.

REFERENCES

OPINION OF THE COURT (August 26 2020)

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Lockerbie Appeal 2020 — Appeal Date set to November 24 2020

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