Has the truth died with Al-Megrahi

Reply Mon 21 May, 2012 10:19 am
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.

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Reply Sun 23 Apr, 2017 05:27 am
The latest.

The family of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi will launch a bid to appeal against his conviction within a fortnight.

Lawyer Aamer Anwar confirmed files will be handed to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC).

The SCCRC will decide whether there are grounds to refer the case to the appeal court.

Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 which killed 270 people.

He is the only person to have been found guilty of Britain's worst act of terrorism.

The Libyan's widow Aisha and his son Ali met recently with Mr Anwar.

It is believed they will present concerns over the evidence which convicted Megrahi, including that given by Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci, who died last year.
He was jailed for 27 years but died of prostate cancer aged 60 in 2012 after being released on compassionate grounds in 2009.

Megrahi lost an appeal against his conviction in 2002, with the SCCRC recommending in 2007 that he should be granted a second appeal.

He dropped the second attempt to overturn his conviction in 2009, ahead of his return to Libya. He continued to protest his innocence until his death.

The Pan Am flight exploded at 31,000ft over Lockerbie, in the south of Scotland, on 21 December 1988.
As well as 259 people on board the aircraft, 11 residents of Lockerbie died on the ground as a result of a giant fireball caused when a wing holding thousands of gallons of fuel exploded on impact.

Relatives of some of the victims - led by Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora died on Pan-Am Flight 103 - have already attempted to appeal against the conviction of Megrahi.

The families had argued they should have the right to carry forward the miscarriage of justice appeal for Megrahi.

However, three judges at the appeal court in Edinburgh ruled in July 2015 that this would not be possible under Scots law.

The families' action was not supported by the Victims Of Pan AM Flight 103 group in the United States, which said there was "nothing new" in the appeal.

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