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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Lockerbie Trial

John P Grant

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 June 2019

Foreign judgments, recognition and enforcement — Settlement & discontinuance of cases — Judgments — International courts and tribunals, decisions

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The Lockerbie trial holds a dazzling number of ‘firsts’. Besides being the longest and most expensive criminal trial in Scottish legal history at nine months and an estimated £40 million respectively, it was the first time a Scottish criminal court sat outside Scotland and the first time the jury in the Scottish trial of a serious crime had been replaced with three experienced judges as fact finders. The destruction of Pan American Flight 103 over Lockerbie on 21 December 1988, resulting in 270 deaths, the largest mass murder in Scottish legal history, was one...
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