On 21 December 2008 we saw the twentieth anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing. In the lead up to that anniversary there have been many twist and turns in the story that is the second appeal by the man convicted of this atrocity, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
On the very day of the anniversary there were reports of new forensic evidence, which if true would cast the conviction of Megrahi into severe doubt. New forensic analysis on a fragment of the timing device alleged to have triggered the bomb that brought down Pan Am jet 103 is said to have found no trace of explosive residue.
The legal team acting for Megrahi will present this evidence at his forthcoming appeal. They say that this evidence supports claims that the timer was planted by the UK as a way to incriminate Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi.
Decisions have still to be made on the issue of Public Interest Immunity regarding some documents held by the Crown relating to the case.
This case has made a mockery of Scottish Justice from start to finish. If this was a politically motivated move against Gaddafi then the world should know about it so the process of rebuilding confidence in the Scottish Criminal Justice system can begin.