In December 1988, Pan-Am Flight 103 was blown up by a terrorist bomb and crashed into the Scottish borders town of Lockerbie.
For those of us old enough to remember this tragedy from almost 30 years ago, it shocked the country and the world.
After a 3 year joint investigation by Scottish Police and the FBI, arrest warrants were issued for two Libyan nationals. In 1999, 11 years after the atrocity the then Libyan leader, Col. Gaddafi handed the two men over after extensive negotiations involving the UN.
It was finally agreed that whilst the matter would require to be tried under Scottish Law, they ( the Libyans) would NOT be prepared to have the matter tried in Scotland. Consequently, the trial took place at Camp Zeist in The Netherlands. Only one man, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi was ever convicted and received 20 years for his involvement.
The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission ( SCCRC) has announced that a new application has been received to review the conviction .
(The Lockerbie disaster in 1988 – 270 lives were lost).
There has long been a fairly robust lobby suggesting that Al-Megrahi could not have been either (a) guilty alone or (b) guilty at all. However, he remains the only person ever to have been convicted for the bombing and was sentenced to 20 years in prison back in 2001, although he was subsequently released from Greenock prison in 2009 on compassionate grounds.
He died from cancer in 2012.
(Al-Megrahi as he looked back in 1988 – he is the only person ever convicted of the Lockerbie bombing)
This is not the first time that a review has been sought and it seems that this matter, the 30th anniversary of which is in December of next year, is set to rumble on.
Interesting to note that Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora was killed in the bombing has long been an advocate of insisting that Al-Megrahi, in his opinion, was innocent.
Let’s hope for a final resolution to this matter which must be continued torture for the families of those lost.
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