Thursday, 20 January 2011
A Highlands Mystery
Last year John Finnie, an SNP councillor and former policeman, asked the Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini, to reopen the case of Willie McRae.
Mr McRae was a solicitor and SNP activist. He was found badly injured in his crashed car on the A87 near Kintail in Wester Ross in April 1985. He was travelling to his holiday home in Kintail from his office in Glasgow.
It was initially stated his death was a result of the car crash but further evidence revealed the following:
A bullet wound was found behind his ear.
A .45 revolver about 15 metres from where the car had come to rest. It had been fired twice.
No fingerprints were found on the gun.
He wasn't wearing gloves.
His briefcase and papers, plus the whisky he bought just prior to leaving Glasgow were missing.
Despite the fact a figure well known in law and political circles had died in strange circumstances, the authorities ruled his death was not suspicious and no fatal accident inquiry was held. Many argue all the signs point away from suicide and towards something sinister.
In 2006 the then Lord Advocate Colin Boyd ruled out a new investigation, saying there was 'no basis' for an inquiry.
This case has concerned many of my generation who feel there is a definite cover-up considering the evidence. Can we assume it will now be investigated thoroughly and an official inquiry launched? Twenty-six years is a long time to wait for the truth.
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