Case of the week

Lords Coulsfield, Sutherland and Maclean finally began their sojourn in that part of The Netherlands that will be forever (or at least for the next year) Scotland. In the traditional garb of the Scottish court the Lords faced two men in the robes of venerated Libyans at the start of the delayed Lockerbie trial. Amid the bullet-proof glass screens and high technology, court officials warned that the case must not degenerate into a media frenzy. Behind bullet-proof screens, relatives of the 270 people killed in the bombing carried pictures of the dead. The US Department of Justice has flown in many from the US for the trial, while others will follow it on closed-circuit TV in New York and Washington.