Lockerbie: new appeal into Megrahi's conviction

A fresh appeal could begin into whether the Lockerbie bomber was wrongly convicted. Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter died on the plane, believes Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was innocent and is asking for permission to continue the legal appeal on his behalf.

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Full Report: new Lockerbie bomber conviction appeal

A new application has been made to review the conviction of the Lockerbie bomber.

Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter was killed in the 1988 disaster, has put in a formal request to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was found guilty of murder in 2001. He has since died after being released from prison on compassionate grounds.

Fiona McIlwraith reports:

Lockerbie witness: 'It might put matters to rest'

A new application to review the conviction of the Lockerbie bomber will be made to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora was killed in the 1988 disaster, has made the request on behalf of himself and others.

Libyan Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of the murder of the 259 passengers and crew on board Pan Am flight 103, and 11 residents of Lockerbie.

He died three years after being released from prison on compassionate grounds.

John Gair witnessed the disaster and has welcomed the calls for a review:

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Swire believes Lockerbie bomber was innocent

It's now 14 years since Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was found guilty in 2001, for blowing up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie.

270 people were killed in the bombing on 21 December 1988.

This is the third attempt to appeal Megrahi's conviction and Jim Swire is behind the campaign.

“After I realised that he had nothing to do with the murder of my daughter, Megrahi became my friend. There are a lot of legal people in Scotland who want to see this issue properly resolved.

"I hope that the appeal will succeed and, when it does, Megrahi’s family will no longer be regarded as the family of the so-called Lockerbie bomber.”

– Dr Jim Swire

Application to review Lockerbie bomber's conviction

Dr Jim Swire is making a new application for review of Megrahi's conviction Credit: ITV Border

A fresh appeal could begin into whether the Lockerbie bomber was wrongly convicted.

Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was found guilty of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over the town in 1988.

Swire lost his daughter in the 1988 tradgedy Credit: ITV Border

He was released from prison in 2009 after abandoning a second appeal against his conviction and died three years later.

Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora died on the plane, believes he was innocent and is asking for permission to continue the legal appeal on Megrahi's behalf.

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