Sunday, October 02, 2005

Oh, dear...

Quick, quick! ChickenYoghurt needs you to strike a blow for justice! Some one has "had his religion abused".

Seriously, it sounds like a horrible thing to have happened and my heart truly goes out to Omar.
Incidentally, Omar's lawyer, this amazing international human rights lawyer who represents more than 40 of the inmates, said Omar's case is the worst miscarriage of justice he has seen in 20 years and he believes it will come to be known as the worst in British history.

Really. Personally, I think that the worst miscarriage in Britain does, indeed, involve a Libyan: it's not Omar though.

Dr Hans Kochler, international observer appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said of that trial:
13. The Opinion of the Court is exclusively based on circumstantial evidence and on a series of highly problematic inferences. As to the undersigned's knowledge, there is not one single piece of material evidence linking the two [accused Libyans] to the crime [the Lockerbie bombing]. In such a context, the guilty verdict in regard to the first accused appears to be arbitrary, even irrational. This impression is enforced when one considers that the actual wording of the larger part of the Opinion of the Court points more in the direction of a "not proven" verdict. The arbitrary aspect of the verdict is becoming even more obvious when one considers that the prosecution, at a rather late stage of the trial, decided to "split" the accusation and to change the very essence of the indictment by renouncing the identification of the second accused as a member of the Libyan intelligence so as to actually disengage him from the formerly alleged collusion with the first accused in the supposed perpetration of the crime. Some light is shed on this procedure by the otherwise totally incomprehensible "not guilty" verdict in regard to the second accused.
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16. On the basis of the above observations and evaluation, the undersigned has - to his great dismay - reached the conclusion that the trial, seen in its entirety, was not fair and was not conducted in an objective manner...

So do your bit! Protest today and free a Libyan who is subject to a miscarriage of justice!

If you can be bothered, that is. Or, indeed, if you think it'll make any difference whatso-fucking-ever...

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