As we are reviewing the trial evidence of the three Americans who allegedly examined two MST-13 timers in Togo in the fall of 1986 and brought one back to the US, it may be a good time to reflect on the legal lineup.
Lord Sutherland was the presiding judge at the Lockerbie trial, sitting with Lord Coulsfield and Lord MacLean. Lord Abernethy was an additional judge.
At the Lockerbie trial, the judges heard 229 prosecution witnesses and three defence witnesses; they reviewed 2,488 pieces of evidence. The transcripts fill up 10,232 pages of evidence amounting to more than 3m words. The total cost of trial has been estimated at £ 60m.
And what do these three judges write as the first sentence of the Court Opinion?
“ At 1903 hours on 22 December 1988 Pan Am flight 103 fell out of the sky.”
“Getting the date of the disaster wrong in the first sentence of the judgement was an accurate reflection of the quality of what was to follow.” Professor Robert Black