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Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) Bill passed

2012 September 25
by Mary Munro

Update

“Legislation closes loophole that made prisoners serving life sentence eligible for early parole” Daily Record
“Criminal law commencement removes “Petch and Foye” anomaly” Law Society Journal Online
“Law to close legal loophole” Herald
“Act closes sentencing loophole created by Petch and Foye cases” BBC

Following posted on 21.6.12

“Parole loophole for lifers closed” Herald
Video: Scottish Parliament MSP’s pass the Criminal Cases Bill unanimously after its final parliamentary scrutiny on 20th June 2012 BBC Dempocracy Live
“Criminal Cases Bill passes final stage” Law Society Journal Online
“Holyrood moves to close life prisoner loophole” BBC
“Loophole that allowed sex criminals to apply for early parole is closed” STV

Following posted on 20.4.12

“MSPs back criminal review Bill” Herald

Following posted on 14.3.12

“The other prime suspect and doubts over conviction” Herald
“Lockerbie trial QC criticised” Herald
“What legal experts say” Herald
“Report fails to address crucial evidence” Herald
“Lockerbie: Fresh plea to release Lockerbie dossier as 6 key doubts emerge” Scotsman
“SCCRC Lockerbie report leaked” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 13.3.12

“Lockerbie Revealed: The secret report that damns Scottish justice” Herald
“Lockerbie Revealed: extracts and analysis” Herald
“Six key points that cast doubt on Megrahi’s guilt” Herald
“Why the full report is still not published” Herald
“Lockerbie: inching closer to the truth” Herald

“Airport security’s chief concern at Megrahi verdict” Scottish Express
“Crown case collapsing as SCCRC Pan Am 103 referral is leaked” The Firm Magazine

Following posted on 17.2.12

“Megrahi data protection “myth” over SCCRC disclosure rebutted” The Firm Magazine
“The Megrahi case: Smoke and Mirrors” Scottish Review

Following posted on 8.2.12

“Claim Lockerbie case legislation is flawed” STV
“Concern over Lockerbie appeal report legislation” BBC
“Lockerbie bombing: campaigners make accusation of blanket cover-up” Scotsman

Following posted on 25.1.12

“Government urged to drop “wholly unconvincing” blockage of Megrahi SCCRC referral” The Firm Magazine

Following posted on 2.12.11

“Bid to unlock secrets of Lockerbie bomber’s appeal” Scotsman
“MacAskill calls for Megrahi details to be published” STV
“Bill targets life sentence loophole” Law Society Journal Online
““Restrictive” Megrahi Bill “a complete waste of Parliamentary time”” The Firm Magazine
“Sentence loophole closed for serious criminals” Herald
“Bill could lead to release of Lockerbie appeal details” BBC

Press releases

“Legal loophole closed” Scot.Gov. (Sept. 2012)
“A more open and just justice system” Scot.Gov. (June 2012)
“Events force unusual preface to Criminal Cases report” Scottish Parliament (March 2012)
“A ‘more open and just’ justice system” Scot.Gov. (December 2011)

See also

Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill. Justice Committee page.
Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill page on Scottish Parliament site
Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) Bill on Scottish government site

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