Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Lockerbie bomber's family launch posthumous appeal against mass murder conviction



The family of the man found guilty of the Lockerbie bombing which killed 270 people in 1988 has lodged a third appeal against his conviction.
 
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi - now deceased - was sentenced to life imprisonment for mass murder in 2001.


Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi arrives at Glasgow airport


Everyone on board Pan Am flight 103 was killed when a suitcase bomb on the plane exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie on 21 December.


Another 11 people were killed on the ground when the Boeing 747, which had just taken off from London bound for New York City, exploded in the sky over the small Scottish town.


A first appeal against Megrahi's conviction in 2002 was unsuccessful and a second appeal in 2009 was abandoned.


However, later in 2009 Megrahi was released from prison on compassionate grounds, returning to Libya where he died from prostate cancer three years later.


Police officers stand among debris left in the Scottish town of Lockerbie



His widow Aisha and son Ali have now put forward a posthumous appeal to overturn his murder conviction.
 
 
It is for the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) to decide whether there are grounds to refer the case to the appeal court.


It is believed the new appeal bid is based on concerns over the evidence that convicted the former head of security for Libyan Arab Airlines, including that given by Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci, who died last year.


The move has the support of Jim Swire and Rev John Mosey who both lost their daughters in the bombing.


Megrahi's lawyer, Aamer Anwar, said "the reputation of Scottish law" had suffered due to doubts over the conviction.


He went on to say "the only place to determine whether a miscarriage of justice did occur is in the appeal court, where the evidence can be subjected to rigorous scrutiny".


The bombing is the worst terrorist atrocity ever committed in the UK.




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