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McKie case under further scrutiny
Fingerprints
MSPs delayed a decision on whether to probe the McKie fingerprint case
A key vote on whether to stage a parliamentary inquiry into the Shirley McKie case has been put off by an influential committee of MSPs.

The Justice 1 Committee wants more time to consider a detailed defence of the refusal by ministers to hold a public inquiry into the fingerprint case.

Former detective Ms McKie was cleared of leaving her print at a murder scene.

First Minister Jack McConnell said it was time to move forward. The committee will vote on Wednesday, 22 March.

Two weeks ago the committee put off a decision until Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson answered a list of questions about reform of the fingerprint service.

Restore confidence

Ms McKie received 750,000 in compensation after she was cleared of leaving her fingerprint at the scene of the murder of a Kilmarnock woman.

Committee members are considering a 29-page Scottish Executive letter detailing more than 100 reforms carried out on the recommendation of two official investigations.

In it, the minister reminds them that recent criticisms focus on how the service operated nine years ago.

However, it seems likely that opposition MSPs, with Liberal Democrat support, will decide that a parliamentary inquiry is necessary to restore confidence in the fingerprint service.


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