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Lockerbie bombing: 'we will probably never know the truth'

Pam Am flight 103 Credit: PA

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."

– Oliver Miles, Former British Ambassador to Libya

High value theft in Lockerbie

Police in Lockerbie are investigating a break-in at Lockerbie Bowling Club which took place between 9.00am on Thursday (29th October) and 9.00am on Friday (30th October).

The value of property stolen is approximately £20,000 including grass cutting equipment.

This seems to have been a targeted raid and would have required a vehicle to remove the property. We ask anyone who may have seen anything suspicious around the area of the bowling club over this period to let us know on the 101 system."

– DC Scott Barr, Police Scotland


Crown Office 'aware of Lockerbie reports'

The Lockerbie bombing. Credit: PA

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."

– Crown Office spokeswoman

MSP: I hope Crown Office take up Libya invite

Dr Elaine Murray, MSP for Dumfriesshire Credit: ITV Border

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."

– Dr Elaine Murray MSP for Dumfriesshire
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Libya confirms identity of two new Lockerbie suspects

The Libyan government has confirmed the identity of two new suspects in the investigation into the Lockbie bombing.

The suspects - left to right - have been named as Mohammed Abu Ejaila, otherwise known as Abu Agila Mas'ud and Abdulla al-Senussi. Credit: ITV News

A spokesman for the government in Tripoli named the Libyan pair as Abdullah al-Senussi, Colonel Gaddafi's former spy chief, and Mohammed Abu Ejaila, who was named widely in earlier reports as Abu Agila Mas'ud.

The Tripoli official said the Libyan attorney general's office had not been officially informed about the two suspects.


David Mundell on Lockerbie bombing developments

David Mundell on Lockerbie bombing developments Credit: PA

An enormous amount of work's gone on since the fall of Gadafi and there's always been a question over access in Libya. It looks now that it will be possible to bring these individuals in for questioning so that is very much to be welcomed.

What the bereaved families want to know is what happened and why that plane was targeted. That has always been their overriding concern and anything that brings us closer to that is good news

– David Mundell MP
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Lockerbie: 'Real effort must be made' to get to killers

A "real effort" must be made to get to the rest of those involved in murdering 270 people in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, a stepmother of a victim has said.

Rosemary Wolfe's stepdaughter Miriam was just 20 when she was killed in the attack.

"They've [the two suspects] probably been around for years and nothing has been done so we think it's high time a real effort was made to get to the rest of the truth and to get to those involved," the American told ITV News.

Lockerbie bombing: Megrahi's part in the bombing called into question

The Lockerbie air crash disaster Credit: PA Archive

Amin Khalifa Fhimah also stood trial with Megrahi, but was acquitted of any involvement.

Last year, exactly 26 years on from the atrocity, the Lord Advocate led a delegation of Scottish law officers who attended a memorial at the Arlington cemetery in Washington.

Mr Mulholland, who addressed the service, said no Crown Office investigator or prosecutor has raised a concern about the evidence in the case and he vowed to track down Megrahi's accomplices.

He has previously said the idea that Megrahi had acted alone was "risible", and said "justice has only partly been done".

Megrahi's part in the bombing has been called into question in a series of books and documentaries.

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