Bookmark and Share

SNP Calls For Lockerbie Bomber Trial To Be Brought Forward

Following reports that Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is in the advanced stages of cancer, SNP MSP Alex Neil has stressed the importance of holding a "timeous" appeal trial.

Mr Neil has called on the Crown Office to bring forward the trial of the Libyan intelligence agent and to ensure no further delays take place.

He argued: "It is in the interests of natural justice that a timeous appeal trial takes place early in 2009.

"There should be no more prevarication by the Crown Office."

According to his lawyer Tony Kelly, Megrahi has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and the disease has now spread to other parts of his body.

Mergrahi is currently appealing his 2001 conviction for the bombing of Pan AM flight 103 in 1988 that led to the death of 270 people.


Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

08 October 2010
Double Jeopardy Reforms Commence
A Bill to reform the centuries-old law which prevents a person being tried twice for the same offence in Scotland has been introduced. The 'double jeopardy' principle dates back over 800 years, but questions have been raised in recent years about whether the law now needs to be updated for the 21st Century.
20 August 2012
Gu Kailai Given Suspended Death Sentence For Niel Heywood Murder
Gu Kailai, the wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, has been jailed for the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood. Gu was found guilty of poisoning Mr Heywood on November 2011, she did not contest the charge at her one-day trial and received a suspended death sentence.
22 August 2008
Man Shoots Himself With Crossbow In 'Domestic Incident'
A man has shot himself with a crossbow in Cardiff in a "domestic incident", according to police. It is understood the man drove to Companies House on Crown Way, Maindy, at 10am and shot himself with the weapon after parking a lay-by near the building.
31 August 2011
Amnesty Reveals Death Toll in Syrian Jails
Human rights activist group Amnesty International have said they believe at least 88 people have died from torture while in detention in Syria as the authorities continue their repression of protests.
04 November 2014
Employment Appeal Tribunal Rule On Holiday Pay
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has ruled that overtime should be considered when calculating holiday pay. Currently only basic pay is used to calculate holiday, however, the landmark ruling means that any worker who does voluntary overtime could claim for additional holiday pay.
24 March 2010
Glasgow Sex Assault Appeal
Detectives in Glasgow are continuing enquiries after a woman was indecently assaulted on Saturday in the Govan area. The 37-year-old woman was in a car park at Water Row, just off Govan Road, at around 8.30pm when she noticed a man lying on the ground.
23 February 2006
Oxfam seeks pledge response to meet African crisis
Firm pledge commitments from rich countries to fund the response to the food crisis in East Africa are not being made quickly enough, says international aid agency Oxfam.
25 March 2014
Cancer Research UK Raises Over £8m In Six Days
Cancer Research UK has raised over £8 million in donations in just six days thanks to the #nomakeupselfie trend. The #nomakeupselfie trend isn't something Cancer Research UK started.
08 August 2011
Cancer Survivors 'Should Exercise', Charity Claims
More than a million cancer survivors could be putting themselves at risk of long-term health problems because they are not physically active enough, a report by Macmillan Cancer Support has claimed. The charity's report, Move More, said that of the two million cancer survivors in the UK, around 1.
22 September 2008
Cancer Patient Dies After Medical Trial
A cancer patient has died after being given an overdose during a drugs trial at the university College London Hospital (UCLH), an inquest has heard. Gary Foster, 27, was repeatedly given twice the amount of chemotherapy drugs he should have been prescribed, the hospital said.
17 October 2005
Breast cancer can cost ‘thousands’
Breast cancer can cost sufferers thousands of pounds, a survey by a leading cancer charity has revealed. Macmillan Cancer Relief surveyed 50 cancer patients and found that, on average, they spent almost £2,000 on extra costs during their treatment.
07 September 2004
Unpublished cancer trial results impair treatments, says charity
Doctors are not being armed with all the information they need to make treatment decisions because data from clinical trials is being left unpublished and inaccessible, according to the charity Cancer Research UK.
02 August 2004
Gene therapy trial for cancer patients gets green light
The green light has been given for a large clinical trial of a new gene therapy treatment for patients with Glioma - one of the most aggressive types of brain tumours for which there is currently no cure. The new gene therapy treatment involves injecting Herpes simplex virus into the brain tumours of Glioma patients.
16 April 2012
Celebs Support Early Detection Drive
Sharon Osbourne and football legends Kenny Dalglish and Sir Alex Ferguson are among the celebrities backing a drive to increase the early detection of cancer.
12 November 2012
Abu Qatada Wins Deportation Appeal
Abu Qatada, the radical Muslim cleric, has won his appeal at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) and will be released on bail shortly. His appeal was upheld after lawyers claimed he would not get a fair trial in Jordan, where he is accused of plotting bomb attacks.