MSPs have backed plans to make it easier for the authorities to publish the legal grounds for Abdelbaset al Megrahi's second appeal against conviction.

The report by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) has been published by the Sunday Herald, but could not be done officially.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said the proposals, which would allow for the SCCRC to publish information on cases referred to the Appeal Court but abandoned, could apply to other cases in the future.

The Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) Bill will also resolve an anomaly on non-mandatory life sentences.