Report that casts doubt over Lockerbie trial verdict to be published

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The Scottish government have announced that the report that raised doubts over the safety of the conviction of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi is to be made public.

First Minister Alex Salmond has confirmed his intention to introduce new legislation that will allow the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) to publish its findings.

Mr Megrahi dropped his appeal before justice secretary Kenny MacAskill decided to release him on compassionate grounds almost two years ago.

Speaking yesterday the First Minister said: “I intend to publish in full the findings of the SCCRC. It hasn’t been done to date because under the current law you have to have an agreement from all parties before you can publish the full statement. It hasn’t been possible to secure the agreement from all parties and therefore the statement is in limbo.

“However, we believe we can change the law so that the matter can be published under the full discretion of the SCCRC, and that is what we intend to do.”