Andrew Hardie

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Born8 January 1946

Andrew Rutherford Hardie, Baron Hardie, PC, QC (born 8 January 1946) is a former Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, and a former Lord Advocate, the country's senior Law Officer.

Andrew Hardie led the prosecution team in the preparation of the original Lockerbie bombing trial, but resigned as Lord Advocate shortly before the trial commenced in 2000 and was forced to defend himself against accusations of having 'abandoned' the victims' families.

He was succeeded as Lord Advocate by the Solicitor General, Colin Boyd.

On 22 February 2000, the Sunday Herald reported that Lord Hardie resigned as Lord Advocate "because he realised that the Lockerbie case was a shambles and would probably end in acquittal for the two Libyan defendants, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and Lamin Khalifah Fhimah."

Citing alleged defects in the Crown's evidence, the paper quotes a source close to the case as saying:

"There will be weeks and weeks on how the plane was blown out of the sky. The world's press will become so bored that they will stop attending and on one quiet day the prosecution will admit that none of the evidence can be linked to the two men in the dock."[1]


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