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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 May 2006, 15:30 GMT 16:30 UK
Key players to face McKie inquiry
Studying prints
The committee is reviewing fingerprint services in Scotland
All the major figures involved in the Shirley McKie fingerprint case will be called to give evidence to the Scottish parliamentary inquiry.

Witnesses will include Ms McKie and the four fingerprint experts who still maintain that no mistake was made.

The former detective was cleared of leaving a print at a murder scene.

Also being summoned before the Justice 1 Committee will be Lord Advocate Colin Boyd, Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson and her predecessor Jim Wallace.

The Scottish Parliament committee has been setting out details of its inquiry into the Scottish Fingerprint Service.

Leaked reports

A list of 30 witnesses will be called in total.

Convenor Pauline McNeil warned members that the scale of the investigation meant it would have to continue well beyond Holyrood's summer recess.

Documents released to BBC Scotland on Wednesday from police reports into the misidentification of Ms McKie's print indicated "institutional arrogance" in the fingerprint service, leading to a criminal course of action.
Iain and Shirley McKie
Iain McKie said the process would be traumatic for his daughter

Ms McKie, a former Strathclyde Police officer, was accused of leaving her print at the home of Kilmarnock murder victim Marion Ross in 1997.

She was later cleared and recently received 750,000 in compensation.

Ministers have described the events as "an honest mistake".

SCRO staff have strenuously denied any allegations of wrong-doing.

Ms McNeill said: "The person whose name is mentioned all the time is Shirley McKie and I would want to hear from her, if she has a view about how lessons can be learned."

We need to understand what happened in the McKie identification and we also need to understand whether that identification differed from the normal process
Pauline McNeil
Committe convener

She told members a key area of their inquiry would be examining the processes in place at SCRO in 1997 - the year of the murder.

And she said: "Specifically we need to understand what happened in the McKie identification and we also need to understand whether that identification differed from the normal process of SCRO in 1997."

Committee member Marlyn Glen MSP added: "It's very important we hear first-hand evidence from the four SCRO fingerprint experts."

Dates have not yet been set for when the witnesses will appear before the committee.

Afterwards Ms McKie's father, Iain McKie, said giving evidence would be hard for his daughter.

He said: "It will be traumatic for her, but I think the committee will recognise that and will make allowances for that.

"But she will come along and give her evidence because she is the one that has been harmed by this, she is the major victim."




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