NAT Fraser will get his day in court as efforts to overturn his murder conviction continue.
Judges have ruled that Fraser’s appeal bid should be decided at a full, public hearing at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh.
Fraser’s attempt to overturn his conviction for the 1998 murder of his wife Arlene had suffered an initial setback.
Earlier this month, judge Lady Dorrian dismissed Fraser’s appeal as a potential waste of court time.
However, three judges have reviewed her decision and said the case should be decided at a full, public, hearing.
No date has yet been set for Fraser’s next court appearance.
Sentencing Fraser, Lord Bracadale told him: "The evidence indicated that at some point before April 28 1998 you arranged for someone to kill your wife, Arlene, and dispose of her body.
"Thus you instigated in cold blood the pre-meditated murder of your wife and mother of your children, then aged ten and five years."
Fraser will have to spend the next 17 years in prison before he can apply for parole.
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