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Megrahi: You Are My Jury: The Lockerbie Evidence [Paperback]

John Ashton
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28 Feb 2012
Megrahi himself speaks for the first time in a powerful defence of his innocence. New evidence, never before published, destroys the prosecution case. Huge public interest in this case which has had a dramatic impact on international relations. The release of Megrahi on compassionate grounds sparked controversy and headlines worldwide. Abdelbaset al-Megrahi does not receive any financial profit from the publication of this book. 'You know me as the Lockerbie bomber. I know that I m innocent. Here, for the first time, is my true story: how I came to be blamed for Britain s worst mass murder, my nightmare decade in prison and the truth about my controversial release. Please read it and decide for yourself. You are now my jury.' Abdelbaset al-Megrahi For the first time the man known as the Lockerbie bomber tells his story. This long-awaited book argues that, far from being an unrepentant terrorist, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was the innocent victim of dirty politics, a flawed investigation and judicial folly. Based on exclusive interviews with Megrahi himself, and conclusive new evidence, it destroys the prosecution case and puts the Scottish criminal justice system in the dock. Megrahi: You Are My Jury makes a compelling argument that the murderers of the 270 Lockerbie victims were acting on behalf of an entirely different government, rather than Colonel Gadafy and Libya.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (28 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780270151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780270159
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Ashton is a writer, researcher and TV producer. He has studied the Lockerbie case for 18 years and from 2006 to 2009 was a researcher with Megrahi s legal team. His other books include What Everyone in Britain Should Know about Crime and Punishment, with David Wilson, and What Everyone in Britain Should Know about the Police, with David Wilson and Douglas Sharp, both published by Blackstone Press.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very important book 24 Mar 2012
If this book were a work of fiction, describing murder and intrigue in the Middle East around the end of the Cold War, it would rank as a masterwork along with the best of Forsyth and le Carre. Tragically everything John Ashton has written has a ring of truth and every piece of evidence is cross-referenced to an authoritative source.

John Ashton worked for many years as a researcher on the case and in that capacity he had legitimate access to the massive report from the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, which carried out its own enquiries for many years and concluded that there were several major reasons why the original trial decision was unsound and Mr Megrahi should be allowed a second appeal. (Incidentally, contrary to what has often been said by British and American public figures, the first appeal was limited to very technical matters so that the judges were not asked to review the actual evidence at all.) The SCCRC report remains officially secret, even the Scottish Justice Secretary saying recently that he had not seen it, so Mr Ashton's book deserves a special status as a major part of the historical record.

Devastatingly for the reputation of the Scottish justice system and its denizens the tragedy of Lockerbie continues to blot our legal landscape and will continue to do so until the name of Mr Megrahi is cleared and the victims of the disaster get the closure they all deserve. As the book shows, the first could have happened before now had the cancer-stricken appellant not withdrawn his case, apparently in the hope that it would help achieve his desire to die at home with his family. Matters had not been helped by the Crown Office delaying the process of the second appeal with various technical and ultimately unsuccessful challenges.
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I read John Ashton's 500 page tour de force `Megrahi: You Are My Jury' at a sitting and though I would not expect anyone else to do so it is an invaluable `source' for the public. His dissection of the trial in general and the 80 page judgement of Lords Sutherland, Coulsfield and MacLean in particular make compelling if disturbing reading. The British public, media and politicians have a spectacularly poor knowledge of science and technology as debates over such things as windfarms and GM crops makes clear. It would be unreasonable to expect our Law Lords, classically educated at public schools where the teaching of science was bad and technology non-existent, to be any better. It was therefore only to be expected they would struggle to comprehend the weakness of the forensic evidence or to understand the operation of Frankfurt airport's X-ray security. Yet, as the UN observer wrote, that does not excuse their reliance on the partial evidence from wholly unreliable witnesses to reach a verdict `beyond any reasonable doubt'. The Crown's case was that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and Lamin Fhimah, acting together, smuggled the bomb on board a feeder flight from Malta in unaccompanied baggage. The Prosecution insisted they were either both innocent or both guilty however the only evidence linking Fhimah to this scenario depended on the evidence on one witness. This was Majid Giaka, a CIA informant, and by the time Fhimah's counsel, Richard Keen, had finished with him it was clear Giaka was both a liar and a fantasist. I thought the trial was over and though it still dragged on with increasing absurdity I was not surprised when the Crown closed that Keen submitted Fhimah had no case to answer. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish justice on trial 14 Mar 2012
For those who have long had severe doubts, if not downright disbelief, about the way the Lockerbie investigation and trial were conducted, John Ashton's book provides all the detailed analysis of what went wrong that one could wish for. Just about all the relevant information is gathered here, so it is an excellent handbook for anyone interested in this tragic affair.

Of course the purpose of the book is to put Megrahi's side of the story, and some will find that difficult or even offensive. But what emerges - whether or not you believe that he is the victim of a miscarriage of justice - is such a damning critique of the Scottish justice system that it is surely inconceivable that the legal and political establishment can hold out much longer against disclosure of all the facts. It is certainly unacceptable if the report of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission into why Megrahi may have had an unfair trial is not soon published in full: that report is now leaking like a sieve and there is no longer any sensible reason not to let us see all of it.

Personally I believe that Megrahi is innocent. I am willing to be persuaded otherwise but the original trial judgment certainly failed in every way to convince me of his guilt. John Ashton's book scores particularly highly in describing all the information that came to light AFTER the trial - including much evidence that appears to have been deliberately withheld from the defence team by the Crown and the police. The incredible interference and control of American intelligence agencies in the affair is also well documented.

This book rightly concentrates on why Megrahi's conviction was wrong, and does not dwell on the question of his compassionate release, which is a secondary matter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic..
Fantastic...I believe every word and that the US led the investigation where it wanted and the poor smuck was offered as sacrifice
Published 2 days ago by Norman Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and detailed
Not, as others have pointed out, the easiest of reads, but certainly a remarkable story. I little thought thirty years ago that I would live to see political show trials conducted... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Megrahi's side
It needed to be told and some concepts that conflict with the commonly held beliefs about this horrible affair. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH WILL COME (THE BOEING 747 IS DEAD)
Published 9 months ago by allan croft
3.0 out of 5 stars No mention of Lockerbie's highest profile victim
Nowhere in John Ashton's book does he mention Lockerbie's highest profile victim United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and UN Commissioner for Namibia, Bernt Carlsson. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Enid Le Sah
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener
Bought this book to read on holiday and couldn't put it down. It is certainly one to get you thinking.
Published 13 months ago by Eddie
3.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading but heavy going!
I guess with the death of Megrahi and the political changes (!!??) in Libya, the Lockerbie disaster will gradually fade in to obscurity - probably to the relief of some people and... Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2012 by G. Dack
5.0 out of 5 stars DAVE'S DISGRACE
Reportedly Britain's esteemed prime minister Dave has called this book a disgrace, so I was intrigued to find out why. Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by DAVID BRYSON
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