It has emerged that Scottish police failed to disclose evidence to the defence team of Abdelbaset ali Mohmed al-Megrahi. This evidence compromises the positive identification of the man who has been convicted of the terrible disaster to hit Scotland on 21 December 1988. It has been revealed that a key witness, Tony Gauci, had see a picture of Abdelbaset ali Mohmed al-Megrahi under the headline “who planted the bomb?” only four days before he made the identification.
The prosecution case was that al-Megrahi took the bomb, wrapped in clothes bought from a shop in Malta, to the island’s Luqa airport, where it was checked in and then transferred onto Pan Am flight 103. Mr Gauci owned the shop where the police say the garments were bought. Mr Gauci said that he had seen al-Megrahi in his shop some weeks before the bombing.
It was revealed that the police knew that Mr Gauci had seen al-Megrahi’s photograph under this headline and, contrary to the rules of disclosure did not disclose this to the defence.