Saturday, February 18, 2006

The top government prosecutor and trials that appear to be rigged.

Colin Boyd is the top government prosecutor in Scotland.

The following was published on 8 April 8, 2001 in The Sunday Herald ( http://www.commondreams.org/headlines01/0408-01.htm ) :

UN Claims Lockerbie Trial Was Rigged

Court was politically influenced by US

by Neil Mackay

THE United Nations has savaged the Crown Office's handling of the Lockerbie trial claiming the outcome was rigged through the unfair suppression of evidence; it was politically influenced by the USA; and the court had no grounds to return a guilty verdict.

Dr Hans Kochler, who was handpicked by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to act as the international observer during the trial in Holland, hinted that the trial was rigged, claimed the guilty verdict handed down in February to Abdelbasset Ali Mohamed Al Megrahi was "arbitrary" and "irrational" and gave his tacit support for an acquittal at the planned appeal. Megrahi's co-accused, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, was found not guilty.

Kochler's report, which calls for the case to be re- investigated and is heavily critical of the conduct of the three trial judges - Lord Sutherland, Lord Coulsfield and Lord MacLean - has sparked a bitter war of words between the Scottish Executive, the Crown Office and the United Nations. A spokesman for Colin Boyd, the Lord Advocate, said the UN and its international observer had "completely misunderstood" the trial and were ignorant of Scots law.

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The following is from The Scotsman, 18 February 2006:

http://news.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=253522006

Father tells of disgust as Boyd breaks silence over McKie case

MICHAEL HOWIE

SCOTLAND'S most senior prosecutor broke his silence over the Shirley McKie fingerprint case yesterday to defend his decision not to bring charges against anyone over the alleged "cover-up".

Colin Boyd, QC, the Lord Advocate, took the unprecedented step of writing to George Reid, the Scottish Parliament's Presiding Officer, amid growing demands for a full public inquiry.

Ms McKie, 43, a former Strathclyde Police detective, was wrongly accused of leaving her fingerprint at a murder scene and has fought a nine-year battle to clear her name. She claims the failure to prosecute anyone at the Scottish Criminal Records Office (SCRO) over the incident is as a result of a conspiracy by the legal establishment.

But the Lord Advocate said he chose not to proceed with a criminal case because of "conflicting" evidence from fingerprint experts. He also defended the original decision to prosecute Ms McKie for perjury, saying there was "sufficient evidence in law" for a trial.

Last night, Shirley's father, Iain McKie, said he was "disgusted" at Mr Boyd's letter and insisted he had "irrefutable" evidence to support a criminal prosecution. The Lord Advocate was also accused of "trying to defend the indefensible" by one MSP.

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Forensic mix-up casts fresh Lockerbie doubt.

Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked

LOCKERBIE BOMB - LONDON BOMBS

Lockerbie Bomb and Ecuador and New Zealand

Lockerbie bomb verdict thrown into doubt



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