Convicted Lockerbie bomber Al-Megrahi died yesterday. There was uproar when he was released on compassionate grounds, and given only three months to live almost three years ago.
However, a lot of people, myself included, believe that he was the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice. Guilty or not, there was sufficient evidence for a retrial at the time of his release, but in order to qualify for compassionate release he had to drop the appeal.
He has always protested his innocence, and vowed to clear his name. What is not in dispute, is that he could not possibly have acted alone.
Will we ever get to the bottom of what really happened?
The grounds of appeal included compelling evidence that the chief prosecution witness, Tony Gauci, had wrongly identified Megrahi and linked him to the bomb which brought down the plane; new evidence that Gauci and his brother were paid very large rewards after the conviction; new scientific evidence disputed evidence that the type of timer in the bomb was solely used by the Libyans; and failure to disclose a break-in at Heathrow airport near Flight 103 which could easily have allowed the bomb to be planted.
The UK and US authorities have repeatedly brushed off claims by campaigners that the bomb was planted by Syrian agents and Palestinian terrorists in revenge for the attack on an Iranian passenger airliner by a US warship.