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McKie inquiry report faces delay
Shirley McKie
Shirley McKie secured an out-of-court settlement
The parliamentary inquiry into the Shirley McKie fingerprint case has been delayed, BBC Scotland has learned.

The drafting of the report is believed to be taking longer than expected due to the amount of evidence collected by the Justice 1 Committee.

MSPs are not now expected to get the chance to debate the inquiry's conclusions until early next year.

Ms McKie, from Troon in Ayrshire, was cleared of leaving a print at a murder scene in 1997.

She received 750,000 in an out-of-court settlement after being found not guilty of committing perjury.

Flexed muscle

The Scottish Parliament committee began its inquiry into the case in April.

It was set up to consider the past and present running of the Scottish Criminal Records Office, which produced the original report which said Ms McKie's fingerprint had been found at the murder scene, and the Scottish Fingerprint Service.

The Justice 1 Committee was named committee of the year at the Scottish Politician of the Year Awards last week.

Judges said the MSPs had flexed more muscle than any before them, setting a new standard for parliamentary scrutiny.

However, critics have claimed that the parliamentary inquiry took the heat off ministers who were under pressure to set up a full judicial inquiry.

The committee recently won an award

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