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A key witness whose evidence helped to secure the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi over the Lockerbie bombing has died, according to the Times of Malta.
Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci died of natural causes at his home at the age of 75.
Mr Gauci ran a clothes shop in Malta, at the time of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 and claimed that Megrahi bought a piece of clothing found among the debris of the aircraft.
His evidence helped to secure the 2001 conviction of Libyan Megrahi for the atrocity in which 270 people died.
Some doubts were subsequently raised about Mr Gauci's reliability.
Megrahi was the only person to have been convicted of the bombing on December 21 1988.
In his last interview, Megrahi insisted he had "never seen" Mr Gauci and had not bought clothes from him.
Watch Hannah McNulty's report, one month after two new suspects were identified in the Lockerbie bombing case:
David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, says people need to wait patiently for results from the latest stage of the Lockerbie investigation.
The Scottish Minister was speaking exclusively to ITV Border:
There are no short term answers that are going to emerge that haven't emerged over that period.
I think people have to be patient but I think it is a positive development and we should look at it in that way."
Throughout the Lockerbie bombing investigation, questions have been raised about the involvement of Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the crime.
Oliver Miles spent a short time as British Ambassador to Libya in 1984, and he isn't certain Libya was involved at all.
But he says if the country was involved, it was certainly organised at the highest level:
Don't forget that Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the crime, was convicted of conspiracy. No-one imagines that he acted alone.
There must have been a team, if he was part of it, it was a Libyan team, and if it was a Libyan team, it was Gaddafi."
One month after it was confirmed there were two new suspects in the Lockerbie Bombing investigation, there appears to have been very little progress.
Former British ambassador to Libya, Oliver Miles says he fears the truth of what happened may never be known.
He also says he's not 100% convinced Libya was involved in the 1988 downing of Pan Am flight 103.
But not everyone doubts Libya's involvement. Susan Cohen is the mother of one of the 189 Americans who were on board:
I want to make clear that to the American families there is no issue about whether it was Megrahi, and whether it was Libya."
At 77, Susan is still hopeful she will live to see justice done.
A former British ambassador to Libya says he's not convinced questions will ever fully be answered about the Lockerbie bombing.
It's a month since Scottish prosecutors announced they want to speak to two Libyan suspects in connection with the downing of Pam Am flight 103 in 1988 which killed 270 people:
I think we will probably never know the truth, I would say one major reservation, or exception is that, I could imagine there might be a deathbed confession.
Someone who was involved might on his deathbed tell the story, so to speak."
The Crown Office says it is aware of the reports of new suspects in the Lockerbie bombing case:
We are aware of the reports concerning the two Lockerbie suspects.
The Crown will continue to work with the British Embassy as well as colleagues in the United States regarding the investigation."
Dr Elaine Murray, MSP for Dumfriesshire, has welcomed news that investigators have been invited to Libya to question new suspects in the Lockerbie bombing case:
I think it's good news. I hope the Crown Office will take it up. I think there's still many questions over what happened to Pan Am 103 so the more we can find out the better."