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Foulkes 'amazed' at Lockerbie move

Lord Foulkes has said he is "amazed and astonished" at a Scottish Parliament committee's decision not to hold a fresh inquiry into the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

The Labour peer and Lothians MSP said the decision by the Justice Committee "showed how timid some MSPs can be".

He also claimed it was a "missed opportunity" for the Scottish Parliament to show its mettle.

The Justice Committee released the findings of its inquiry into the release of Abdelbaset Al Megrahi in February.

Lord Foulkes had called for a second inquiry to examine the medical basis for the decision.

Megrahi was controversially released on compassionate grounds in August last year on the grounds that he had an estimated three months to live.

The terminally ill Libyan is the only person convicted of the 1988 bombing which left 270 dead.

Lord Foulkes said he had hoped that the medics who gave opinions about Megrahi's life expectancy would be called to give evidence at a new inquiry.

He said: "That's why I'm astonished and amazed that they have rejected the request, and I also think that it shows how timid some of the MSPs can be, particularly the Conservative-Liberal Democrat members."

Lord Foulkes said his Labour colleagues on the committee argued "very strongly" that an inquiry should be reopened, but to no avail.

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