Photo: Colin Boyd was Scotland's lord advocate for almost a decade, until 2006
By Reevel Alderson
BBC, October 23, 2012
Justice for Megrahi (JFM) also claim police, forensic scientists and Crown Office personnel broke the law. The Scottish government said JFM should send any evidence to Dumfries and Galloway police which carried out the original investigation into Lockerbie.
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is the only man convicted of the 1988 atrocity.
Three judges heard the evidence without a jury at a special court in the Netherlands in 2001, when Lord Boyd was lord advocate. They sentenced Megrahi to life imprisonment for the murder of the 270 people who died when Pan Am 103 was blown up over the Scottish town.
Megrahi died in May this year of inoperable prostate cancer. The convicted bomber had abandoned a second appeal against his conviction in 2009 shortly being sent from a Scottish prison to Libya on compassionate grounds. But campaigners, who want Megrahi's conviction overturned, have kept up their demands for a public inquiry into the investigation and prosecution of the Lockerbie case.
On Tuesday, JFM published a letter it had sent to Scotland's Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill detailing its complaints about the legal process. It claimed the lord advocate at the time, Lord Boyd, who led the Lockerbie prosecution, gave information to the trial judges which members of his team knew to be false. It concerned the contents of American CIA cables relating to the prosecution witness, Abdul Majid Giaka.
In its letter, JFM said:
JFM said its allegations
Mr Rennick repeated the government's view that only a court had the power to uphold or overturn Megrahi's conviction. He said: "Scottish ministers take exceptionally seriously any suggestion of inappropriate or criminal activity by individuals with key responsibilities with Scotland's justice system.
He said it was not for the government to investigate allegations of criminality; it was for the lord advocate who is independent of government.
Mr Rennick told JFM it should provide evidence of its allegations to Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary which carried out the Lockerbie investigation. Lord Boyd, who is now a judge, has made no comment. But the Crown Office said it considered the allegations to be defamatory. It added: "These allegations have been addressed and rejected in a combination of court hearings, an inquiry by Lothian and Borders police and the investigation by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC).