The family of the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing is to launch a fresh attempt to clear his name. Aamer Anwar, a lawyer representing Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi’s family, confirmed files would be handed to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) within the next two weeks. The SCCRC will decide whether there are grounds to refer the case to the appeal court. Megrahi’s widow, Aisha, and son Ali met recently with Anwar to discuss the grounds of the appeal. It is believed they will present concerns over the evidence which convicted Megrahi, including that given by a Maltese shopkeeper, Tony Gauci, who died last year. In 1988, New York-bound Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, 38 minutes after takeoff from London, killing all 259 people on board as well as 11 people on the ground. In 2001, Megrahi was found guilty of mass murder. He maintained his innocence until his death in 2012. He was sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in prison … [Read more...] about Abdelbaset al-Megrahi’s family to appeal Lockerbie conviction
Cases where someone was wrongfully convicted
A man has been released from prison after becoming the first person since 2016 to have a joint enterprise murder conviction quashed.Joint enterprise is used to convict defendants in gang-related cases even if they did not strike the fatal blow, but could have foreseen violent acts by their associates.But in 2016, Supreme Court judges said the law had been wrongly interpreted. John Crilly has been released after serving 13 years in prison. He was given a life sentence for murder and robbery in 2005 after he and his associate David Flynn broke into the home of 71-year-old Augustine Maduemezia in Manchester. Mr Maduemezia died after being punched in the face by Flynn.The joint enterprise law has also been used in a number of high profile cases - including to convict members of the gang who murdered Stephen Lawrence. But judges ruled it was wrong to treat "foresight" as a sufficient test. 'No intent to kill'During his time in prison, Crilly started a law degree. When he heard about the … [Read more...] about Man released after joint enterprise conviction quashed
A former sub-postmistress wants her conviction for false accounting overturned following a long-running dispute over failure in the Post Office's IT systems. A group of postmasters said faults in the Horizon system led to them wrongly being accused of fraud or theft. Rubbina Shaheen, who ran the Greenfields post office in Shrewsbury, was jailed for 12 months in 2010.She believes her conviction was due to irregularities with the IT system. On Wednesday the Post Office said it accepted it had "got things wrong in our dealings with a number of postmasters" and is to pay almost £58m to settle the dispute.A group of 550 claimants had joined a civil action to win compensation last year, alleging the Horizon IT system - which was installed between 1999 and 2000 - contained a large number of defects.Mrs Shaheen, 54, and husband Mohamed Hami, 65, said they lost their Post Office and home because of her conviction. Although not among the 550, they hope the settlement will lead to it being … [Read more...] about Post Office Horizon: Postmistress wants conviction overturned
The decision that Junior Bayode will not face a retrial for a schoolboy's murder at London's Victoria Station marks the end of a case which saw an unprecedented use of a law called joint enterprise.Some 20 teenagers originally faced murder charges following the 2010 murder of Sofyen Belamouadden under a law increasingly being used to tackle gang violence.After four trials lasting 21 months, three have been convicted of murder, five of manslaughter, including Bayode, 12 of lesser charges and three cleared.The case is the latest example of how the law of joint enterprise can be deployed to successfully prosecute crimes involving large numbers of people.But some campaigners argue the law is a "lazy" option for prosecutors and can lead to miscarriages of justice.The centuries-old law allows a whole group of people to be prosecuted for the differing roles they played in a murder. There is a version of the law in Scotland, although it is applied slightly differently. Historically, joint … [Read more...] about Is joint enterprise a ‘lazy law’?
The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Wednesday that Pakistan violated the consular rights to Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav and must review the death sentence of the alleged Indian spy. The tribunal in The Hague ordered an "effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence of Mr Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav," according to a document on the court's website. India hailed the ICJ ruling as a "complete victory." "By ordering Pakistan to follow the Vienna Convention this is a complete victory for us. This opens up the possibility of consular access and a retrial in a civilian court," an Indian government official said, adding that "if Pakistan wants improved relations it should set him free and give him safe passage back to us." "The ICJ in its judgment announced today regarding Indian serving Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav has decided not to acquit/release him… Having heard the judgment, Pakistan will now proceed as per law," Pakistan's foreign office … [Read more...] about Kulbhushan Jadhav: UN court orders Pakistan to review Indian ‘spy’ death sentence