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Scots Law Tales$
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John Grant and Elaine E. Sutherland

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781845860677

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860677.001.0001

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Not Our Finest Hour

Not Our Finest Hour

The Lockerbie Trial

(p.205) Chapter 11 Not Our Finest Hour
Scots Law Tales

John P Grant

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter reviews the controversial Lockerbie trial that convicted Libyan national Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi for the murder of 270 passengers of Pan Am flight 103 on 21 December 1988. As alleged in the trial, Megrahi was linked to the purchase of the improvised explosive device which was used to destroy Pan Am 103. Megrahi received the mandatory sentence for murder under Scots law, life imprisonment, with a recommended minimum of 20 years before being considered for release. On 24 November 2003, that recommended period was replaced with a mandatory 27 years before consideration for release as the ‘punishment part’ of his sentence, as required by human rights legislation.

Keywords:   Lockerbie trial, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, Pan Am flight 103, England, Scotland, Scots law, human rights legislation, life imprisonment

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