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McKie case documents online
The full versions of three documents in the Shirley McKie fingerprint controversy have been placed in the public domain for the first time.

The papers were passed "in a brown envelope" to Edinburgh South Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Pringle. In turn they were given to BBC Scotland and can be read via the links on this page.

The documents comprise a 58-page report by James MacKay, who was asked in June 2000 to investigate how Ms McKie's print was wrongly identified at the beginning of the case in 1997.

At the time, Mr MacKay was deputy chief constable of Tayside Police.


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Another of the documents is a precognition (legal notes of an interview) given by Mr MacKay and the third is another precognition, this time given by Detective Chief Superintendent Scott Robertson, who was also investigating the McKie case.

In his precognition, Mr MacKay said he was "disappointed and surprised" that no-one within the Scottish Criminal Record Office (SCRO) had been prosecuted.

The Scottish Parliament's Justice 1 Committee has begun an inquiry into the Scottish Fingerprint Service, prompted by the McKie case.

MSPs heard last month that most experts in the main fingerprint bureau continued to believe that a print left at a murder scene belonged to Ms McKie.

The committee meets on Thursday to discuss the timetable and potential witnesses who will give evidence to the inquiry.

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