Lockerbie's 25th anniversary

The 21 December 2013 marks 25 years since Pan Am 103 was blown up killing all 259 people on board and 11 others on the ground.

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Lockerbie bomber's family "to appeal" his conviction

The family of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only person to be convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, say they plan to appeal against his conviction. Libyan Megrahi was convicted of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in which 270 people died 25 years ago.

Magrahi lodged a second appeal against his conviction from behind bars in Scotland where he was serving life for mass murder. However he dropped his case two days before he was released on compassionate grounds by the Scottish Government. He was suffering with prostate cancer.

Magrahi died last year protesting his innocence. Tonight, his brother said that his family plans to appeal the conviction. It comes as members of the UK Families Flight 103 group announced they are also considering their own appeal against Megrahi's conviction in a bid to reach the truth.

We want to appeal and we wish for the truth to be revealed and this is not just for our own benefit but also for the benefit of the families of the victims and for public opinion.

We need to know who committed this horrible crime. But, as you know, we as a family cannot afford to pay for the appeals process.

God-willing, the Libyan government will do this, but it has to be launched by the family first."

– Abdel-Hakim al-Megrahi, brother of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi

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The Lockerbie Disaster: The Legacy

A special link has developed between Lockerbie Academy and Syracuse University in the United States, which lost 35 of its students in the Lockerbie bombing.

Matthew Taylor has been finding out more about that and other links between Lockerbie and America.

Watch his full report below.

The Lockerbie Disaster: The Commemorations

Many of the families of the victims are meeting to mark the major anniversaries of the Lockerbie bombing, to remember their loved ones and perhaps gain some comfort in their shared loss.

It is remarkable to think it is now 25 years since that terrible night.

It happened as the passengers were on their way to America for Christmas and remains the worst terrorist atrocity in British history.

Tim Backshall has been speaking to one man who lost his daughter that night and who will be giving an address at Westminster Abbey tomorrow evening.

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Lockerbie remembered: Gardener was tasked with collecting bodies

In the aftermath of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, ordinary people in and around the scene played a big part in the recovery operation. Eric Milligan was a gardener working for Dumfries and Galloway Councillor.

As he drove a van, he was sent to Lockerbie to assist with collecting bodies. He's told his story for the first time to ITV Border Correspondent Hannah McNulty:

Scottish Government donate to Lockerbie Scholarship fund

Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond has announced that the Scottish Government will give £60,000 to the Lockerbie Scholarship fund.

The fund pays for students from Lockerbie Academy to spend a year at Syracuse University in America.

The connection between the two institutions was forged less than two years after the Lockerbie bombing which happened 25-years-ago on Saturday.

35 students from Syracuse were killed on board flight Pan Am 103 when it was blown up in the skies above Lockerbie.

Matthew Taylor reports:

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