Just been reading some fascinating stuff on Scott’s Love and Garbage blog, where he expresses intelligent opinion hewn from his broad and deep familiarity with the practice and processes of Scots Law.
Scott also directs me to the blog of Jonathan Mitchell QC who writes:
If Megrahi was indeed rightly convicted of mass murder, which I doubt, it is not in doubt that he acted on the orders of the Libyan government. He was a senior member of its intelligence service. Yet both the UK and US governments have for some years been on friendly terms with the people who, they say, ordered the destruction of PanAm 103. They dine with them. They have cocktails with them when they meet at mutual friends. The week before Megrahi’s release, as reported in the Washington Post, a delegation of four American senators led by John McCain met with Colonel Gaddafi to discuss the sale by the US to Libya of military equipment. In April, Hilary Clinton welcomed another member of the Gaddafi family, the régime’s National Security Adviser, to Washington. She said “We deeply value the relationship between the United States and Libya. We have many opportunities to deepen and broaden our cooperation. And I’m very much looking forward to building on this relationship. So, Mr. Minister, welcome so much here.”
Jonathan Mitchell perhaps sums up better than most the hypocrisy filling the air at the moment. He also has a quite brilliant demolition of the letter from FBI director Robert Mueller to MacAskill here