Document:Justice for Megrahi - is Aamer Anwar capable of getting it?
Aamer Anwar & Co.
63 Carlton Place
Scotland G5 9TW
23rd April 2021
Dear Mr Anwar,
Justice for Megrahi - is Aamer Anwar capable of getting it?
Here's my 4th letter in as many weeks.
Receipt of the previous three (Document:Justice for Megrahi awaits at the Supreme Court, Document:Justice for Megrahi is gonna happen! and Document:Justice for Megrahi - Black's lies matter) has so far not been acknowledged.
Blocked on Twitter
Today on my Twitter feed, @Anwar_and_Co sent me a retweet of @aameranwar saying: "I've spent a lifetime looking over my shoulder & trying to become used to death threats & racist abuse because of the job I..." When I clicked on the link to continue reading, the Twitter page said:
- "You’re unable to view this Tweet because this account owner limits who can view their Tweets."
- "#JusticeForMegrahi - #BlacksLiesMatter" @Ali2082009 @PrivateEyeNews @AamerAnwar @Anwar_and_Co ?
Only two others have ever blocked me on Twitter:
Normally, I would not be the least concerned about this sort of behaviour, but currently both you and Prof. Black appear to be working in cahoots on the Megrahi family's appeal to the UK Supreme Court.
Coincidentally, it was only this morning that I read Ludwig De Braeckeleer's blog of 8 April 2021 headed "Judges reject new Lockerbie appeal. Family to apply to UK Supreme Court", which I thoroughly recommend. Here are the salient points from the Intel Today article:
Senior Scottish judges have refused permission for the family of the ‘Lockerbie bomber’ to continue a legal battle to clear his name at Britain’s highest court.
The family will now seek to appeal the conviction directly to Britain’s top court after being refused permission by the Scottish Appeal Court.
“I have now instructed our legal team to seek leave to appeal directly to the UK Supreme Court which is the final court of appeal for my father’s case,” Megrahi’s son Ali said in a statement.
A report in The Times (2 April 2021) discloses the judges’ reason for refusing leave to appeal.
“Although the case is clearly one of public importance, the proposed grounds of appeal do not raise points of law of general public importance. The principles of law which the court applied were all well known, settled and largely uncontroversial.” (The court’s Statement of Reasons can now be read here.)
The key part of the reasoning regarding the ‘secret documents’ from Jordan reads:
“[The Court] applied the test in McInnes v HM Advocate 2010 SC (UKSC) 28. The court agreed with the SCCRC’s analysis of the importance of these documents. In so far as the defence had been unaware of the content of these documents, the court determined (para ) that they would not have been of use to, nor would they have been used by, the defence at the trial. This involved a judgement on these matters, primarily as a matter of fact. This did not raise a compatibility issue. The test in McInnes is compatible with Article 6.”
This is of exactly what I had predicted. Here is what I wrote on the 20th anniversary of the Zeist verdict:
“Of course, it is true that evidence has been withheld from the defence on public interest grounds. But withholding evidence does not necessarily equate to a breach of human rights.
In any case, the ECHR does not decide whether such a decision was absolutely necessary, as it is a matter for the domestic courts to assess the evidence produced before them.
The ECHR, if the submission is ever accepted, would only check the decision-making procedure to ensure that, as far as possible, the appeal judges complied with the requirements to provide adversarial proceedings and equality of arms to protect the interests of Megrahi. ECHR’s decisions are clear and consistent.”
Long before the appeal, I have explained that the two secret documents withheld from the defence on public interest grounds are useless to the defence of Megrahi and potentially harmful to national security.
Aamer Anwar just does not get it and continues to claim that a failure to disclose this information to the defence led to an unfair trial and thus a miscarriage of justice.
“I have no doubt that the new democratic Libyan government headed by Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba will support this final appeal for justice on behalf of the al-Megrahi family and help in our efforts to prove the innocence of Libya and its people,” Anwar said.
Good luck with that…. Let me repeat this one more time. The Lockerbie saga is now over as far as Justice is concerned. I can only feel sorry for those who still do not understand this reality.
PS — Yesterday, Prof. Black posted a letter from Dr Jim Swire. The key statement alleges that the MST-13 timer fragment was manufactured after the Lockerbie tragedy when “the industry had switched to using lead-free plating technology in the early 90s.” This is simply not true. The cross-section of the copper tracks indicate that this board was manufactured by the old immersion method available to any amateur. This kind of disinformation is certainly not helping to expose the truth about Lockerbie.
For the record
As a result of the Commission’s decision, Mr Megrahi’s family was therefore entitled to instruct an appeal against his conviction.
On that very day, I wrote:
“To many observers, the SCCRC decision marks the beginning of Justice. I am afraid that I share neither their joy, nor their hopes. The Devil is in the detail. And a careful reading of the SCCRC statement of reasons indicates that all hopes of Justice have already been annihilated.”
As soon as the grounds of appeal were available, Intel Today predicted correctly this outcome.
On 16 March 2020, I wrote (Lockerbie — Diabolical Endgame):
“Oliver Cromwell died in 1658. His body was exhumed in 1661 to be hanged in chains. Later, he was decapitated and his head was displayed on a pole outside Westminster Hall until 1685. There is a pole waiting for Megrahi’s head.”
I was entirely correct and it should have been obvious to all.
“Aamer Anwar — the lawyer for Megrahi’s family — is repeating all the old mistakes that brought us this spectacular miscarriage of justice, including a grandiose press release, that is riddled with nonsensical, erroneous, illogical, and counter-productive statements. I expect that the judges will unanimously uphold the guilty verdict. In the end, this appeal will do more harm than good.” Intel Today — 26 August 2020
Clearly, the Lockerbie saga is now over as far as Justice is concerned. Let me repeat this. It is over. Full stop.
There are three kinds of people. Those who understand events before they happen. Those who only understand events after they have happened. And there are some people who never understand events, even after they have happened.
After miserably losing the third appeal, Mr Anwar said the second ground of appeal — the failure to disclose information to the defence — hinged on a “compatibility issue” arising from a question relating to a breach of human rights.
These clowns never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.
The judges have carefully studied these documents and they came to the exact same conclusion.
 The court also agrees with the Advocate depute that the first document would not, in any event, have been adduced in evidence by the defence at the trial because it would have pointed towards Libya as the source of the timer; a matter which the defence were anxious to deny.
 Accordingly, having regard to the nature and content of the two documents, notably the fact that most of it was already known to the defence, and that which was not would neither have been of use to the defence nor would it have been adduced by the defence, and balancing the very limited value of that content with the danger to the public interest as set out in the public interest immunity certificate, the court will refuse to order recovery of the protectively marked documents.
In other words, the appeal judges did more than comply with the requirements to provide adversarial proceedings and equality of arms.
By withholding these documents, they prevented Anwar to hurt his own client!
As Prof. Michael Scharf wrote long ago, achieving justice was never the main objective.
- “US officials saw the indictment itself as a diplomatic tool that would help them persuade members of the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Libya, thereby furthering their goal of isolating a rogue regime.”
Indeed, deflecting attention from the truth and obtaining a UN Resolution were the real goals of the ‘Lockerbie Solution’ from the very beginning.
The Lockerbie case is a complete fiasco. Thirteen judges have managed to find a man guilty of a crime that never occurred in the first place!
PS — On April 28 2020, Intel Today wrote:
- “Aamer Anwar will have to be far more accurate when the new Lockerbie trial begins. This should be a warning, or else this trial will be just another disaster.”
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