Thursday, December 20, 2007

Lockerbie: Crown Refuses to Reveal Secret Documents

On Oct. 11, the procedural hearing for the second appeal of the Libyan convicted for the Lockerbie bombing opened at the High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh. This first hearing since the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) decided to grant Abdelbaset Al Megrahi a second appeal lasted about one hour.During this hearing, Maggie Scott QC (Queen's Counsel) requested to have disclosed secret foreign documents that were provided to the Crown on the condition that their content would not be disclosed.

The Crown is represented by a team headed by Ronnie Clancy QC. "The documents in question were passed to the U.K. government on the basis that they were regarded as being confidential by the authority that passed them over," Clancy said."That being so, the Crown has always taken the position that, if possible, confidentiality should be respected and there are public interest considerations in regard to keeping the confidentiality of information that comes from a foreign source," Clancy added. Read full story

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