Libyan convicted over Lockerbie to get appeal

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Libyan convicted over Lockerbie to get appeal

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An independent review body has said the conviction of a Libyan intelligence agent over the Lockerbie bombing may have been a miscarriage of justice.

It has referred the case of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi to the High Court of Scotland for an appeal hearing.

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission identifed six grounds for appeal.

Its doubts relate mainly to evidence that Megrahi bought clothes in Malta some of which were placed inside a suitcase containing the bomb.

Some victims relatives have reacted with dismay:

“It’s bad enough for us to have lost our children, our spouses, our siblings or our friends without feeling that, for some reason, the full facts of this terrible disaster have been kept from us,” said one families’ representative.

Megrahi was found guilty six years ago of the 1988 bombing of a US flight over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. The attack claimed the lives of 270 people.

If he wins his appeal it will throw wide open the question of who ordered and carried out the bombing.