Scottish Parliament e-Petition: Justice for Megrahi

This is the title of an e-Petition submitted to the Scottish Parliament on 8 October 2010. 

The petition called on the Scottish Parliament "to urge the Scottish Government to open an independent inquiry into the 2001 Kamp van Zeist conviction of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in December 1988."

The Scottish Parliament's Public Petitions Committee discussed the petition on 9 November 2010, and agreed to write to the Scottish Government asking what legal authority supported the statement that holding any inquiry into the case was beyond its power and authority, and in particular the inability of any inquiry to compel witnesses.  The petitioners, who gave oral evidence to the Committee, argued that there was no legislation restricting the Scottish Government's holding an inquiry, and that legislation existed under which witnesses could indeed be compelled to come before the inquiry.  The Scottish Government was aked to reply by 10 December 2010.