Lockerbie Trial – Miscarriage of Justice – Call for Public Inquiry
London, 25 April
The President of the International
Progress Organization, Professor Hans Koechler, earlier today held a meeting at
the House of Commons in London with Mr. Tam Dalyell, MP, “Father of the House”
(the longest-serving member of the British Parliament), and Mr. Ross Cranston,
MP, former Solicitor-General of the United Kingdom. He briefed the members of
the British Parliament on his report on the Lockerbie appeal proceedings which
he had submitted earlier last month to the Presidency of the United Nations
Security Council, to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and to the UN
High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson.
In his capacity as international
observer of the Lockerbie trial, appointed by the UN Secretary-General,
Professor Koechler discussed with Mr. Tam Dalyell basic issues of the fairness
of the Lockerbie trial and appeal proceedings. In a statement made at the
adjournment (Easter) session of the House of Commons on 26 March 2002, Mr.
Dalyell had raised serious doubts about the handling of the Lockerbie case by
Scottish judicial authorities. In his report on the Lockerbie appeal
proceedings, Prof. Koechler had expressed reservations about the fairness of the
trial and had further explained his position that the proceedings were not in
conformity with the requirements of the European Human Rights Convention.
Prof. Koechler agreed with Mr.
Dalyell that the Lockerbie case should be further investigated and that the
public has a right to know the truth. He reiterated his suggestion that the
British Parliament should undertake a comprehensive investigation into the
Lockerbie affair – particularly in regard to the detrimental role played by
international power politics. Prof. Koechler stated that the Lockerbie case is
of exemplary nature in regard to the future development of international
criminal justice and that the independence of the judiciary has been at stake in
the highly politicized context of the trial. He explained that, for this reason,
he considers a comprehensive public inquiry into the background of the Lockerbie
case and into its handling by the Scottish judicial authorities of utmost
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