Defense Launches Acquittal Plea in Lockerbie Trial

Published November 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The trial of two Libyans charged with bombing a Pan Am airliner over Scotland in 1988 resumed in a special court in the Netherlands Tuesday, with the lawyer for one of the accused due to ask for an acquittal for lack of evidence. 

The lawyer for Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah was expected to ask the panel of three Scottish judges to rule that his client had "no case to answer" because in seven months of hearings the prosecution had failed to link him to the crime. 

Under Scottish law, in a "no case to answer" submission a court determines purely whether there is sufficient evidence to sustain the case against an accused, and forms no judgement on its credibility or importance -- CAMP ZEIST (AFP)  




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