Kenny MacAskill was a Member of the Scottish Parliament between 1999 and 2016, representing Edinburgh Eastern. He served as Justice Secretary in both the SNP Minority and Majority Scottish Governments from 2007 until 2014. Prior to that he was a lawyer in a private practice in the City of Edinburgh. He authorised the release on compassionate grounds of Al Megrahi, the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, in 2009.
He has written books both on Scottish Politics including ” Building a Nation – post devolution Nationalism”; and also on the Scottish Diaspora, with his friend the Former First Minister Henry McLeish, including “Wherever the Saltire Flies”.
He writes and lectures extensively on both Scottish politics and criminal justice. He continues to live in Edinburgh.
His latest book, due to be published by Biteback in May, is the definitive story of the Lockerbie Bombing, detailing who, why and how it came about; as well as the commercial and security interests that lurked in the background.
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On 21 December 1988, Pan Am flight 103 departed London Heathrow for New York. Shortly after take-off, a bomb detonated, killing all aboard and devastating the small Scottish town of Lockerbie below. Only one man has ever been convicted of the crime: Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, though few believe that he acted alone.
In 2009, a request was made by Libya for al-Megrahi’s release from prison on compassionate grounds after he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The decision to grant or deny that request fell squarely and exclusively on the shoulders of one man: Kenny MacAskill, Scotland’s Justice Secretary from 2007 to 2014.
Detailing the build-up to the atrocity and the carnage left in its wake, MacAskill narrates the international investigation that followed and the diplomatic intrigue that saw a Scottish court convened in the Netherlands. He describes the controversial release of al-Megrahi, explains the international dimensions involved and lays bare the commercial and security interests that ran in the background throughout the investigation and trial. Finally, he answers how and why it happened – and who was really responsible for the worst terrorist attack to have occurred on British soil.
PUBLICATION DATE: 26th May 2016