Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission


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Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission

a body set up by the Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Act 1992 with power to investigate miscarriages of justice and refer them to the Appeal Court of the COURT OF SESSION. It has no power to quash convictions itself
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The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission is currently determining whether a fresh appeal against the conviction should proceed to the courts.
The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) said it expected to receive a request "shortly" for it to look again at the validity of the conviction of Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission document says he met his mistress twice in December 1988 - including the night before the bombing.
The author insists the new evidence goes beyond the findings of Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC), which permitted the appeal against Megrahis conviction that was subsequently abandoned ahead of Megrahi's release on compassionate grounds.
The Bill aims to release the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission's statement of reasons for allowing the appeal against Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's conviction for the 1988 bombing, which was abandoned before he was released "on compassionate grounds".
Megrahi, who is currently in a hospital in Tripoli, has claimed that the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) had found the new evidence, which proves that he was not involved in the bombing.
When Tripoli accepted responsibility for the Pan Am attack, its letter to the United Nations merely ''accepted responsibility for the actions of its officials.'' If he was innocent - and the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission ruled in June 2008 that al-Megrahi ''may have suffered a miscarriage of justice'' - then he too is another victim of the games played by nations.
He went on: "It's the worst possible decision for the families because we lose the opportunity to hear evidence that the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission thought was worth putting forward."
Megrahi's lawyers had planned to introduce this evidence -- also seen by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission -- in a fresh appeal against his conviction this year, which was abandoned to facilitate his release.Aa
A hearing is getting under way in Edinburgh nearly two years after the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) referred the case to the appeal court.
The new legal hearing began in Edinburgh nearly two years after the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) referred the case for appeal, saying there were grounds to suspect that a miscarriage of justice may have occurred.
An appeal hearing was to begin in Edinburgh nearly two years after the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission referred the case of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, pictured, to the appeal court.

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