Lockerbie: Update

The trial of the two men accused of the Lockerbie bombing is now scheduled to take place on 4 February 2000. Permission has been given to extend the 110 day rule whereby the accused must be brought before a Scottish court within 110 days of being charged. The extension was agreed because of the complexities of the case. The case will take place at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands which, for the purpose, will become Scottish territory and the case will be tried according to Scots law. The accused attempted to have the Sunday Times held in contempt of court, arguing that an article in the paper would jeopardise a fair hearing of their case. However, this was rejected by the High Court in Edinburgh on the grounds that, since the case would be before three judges rather than a jury, the accused would suffer no prejudice.

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