§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Prime Minister's answer of 5 July,Official Report, columns 127–28, what further investigation the Lord Advocate plans into the case of Youssef Chaabane, accused in a Beirut court of murdering a Jordanian diplomat; and whether he is sending Crown Office lawyers to Beirut.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
My noble and learned Friend the Lord Advocate does not announce publicly what investigative steps he may or may not take in any particular criminal investigation. Criminal investigations could not proceed on any proper basis if they were carried out in such a manner. My noble and learned Friend the Lord Advocate has sent, and will send, Crown Office lawyers wherever it is necessary and appropriate to send them.