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Lockerbie Court -- Appeal Verdict on 14 March 2002

Vienna, 7 March 2002/P/RE/17517c-is

The President of the International Progress Organization, Professor Hans Koechler, will attend the final session of the Scottish appeal court in the Lockerbie case. The High Court of Justiciary sitting at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands will give its decision in the criminal appeal of Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed Al Megrahi v Her Majesty's Advocate on 14 March 2002 at 11.00 a.m.

The appeal court consists of five Scottish judges: Lord Cullen (Lord Justice Clerk), Lord Kirkwood, Lord Macfayden, Lord Nimmo Smith, Lord Osborne.

Professor Hans Koechler will attend in his capacity as international observer of the International Progress Organization appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the basis of Security Council resolution 1192 (1998). He made a comprehensive evaluation of and report on the Lockerbie Trial after the announcement of the original verdict on 31 January 2001. His report was forwarded by the United Nations to the Scottish Court in the Netherlands and circulated as official document of the fifty-eighth session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (2002) under item 11 (d) of the provisional agenda "Civil and political rights, including the questions of: independence of the judiciary, administration of justice, impunity."

Professor Koechler attended the preliminary appeal hearing on 15 October 2001 and the regular hearings that began on 23 January and ended on 14 February 2002 at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands.

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