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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.

Lockerbie bombing: Names of suspects not confirmed

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi boards a plane at Glasgow Airport, Credit: PA Wire

The Crown Office has not confirmed the names of the two suspects they are seeking to interview.

The ongoing investigation into the bombing remains a joint one between US and Scottish prosecutors, the Police Service of Scotland and the FBI.

The flight was on its way from London to New York when it exploded above Lockerbie, in southern Scotland, on the evening of December 21 1988, killing everyone on board and 11 people on the ground.

Megrahi was found guilty of mass murder following a trial at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands in 2001 and was jailed for life with a minimum term of 27 years behind bars. He lost his first appeal in 2002.

The following year, he applied to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) for a review of his conviction.

A £1.1 million investigation by the body led to a finding in June 2007 of six grounds where it believed a miscarriage of justice may have occurred.

This decision opened the door to Megrahi's second appeal against his conviction. Although a number of hearings had already been held before senior appeal judges, he dropped his appeal two days before being released from prison in August 2009.

Earlier this year, Scottish judges ruled relatives of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing should not be allowed to pursue an appeal on Megrahi's behalf.

The group of British relatives had argued they had a "legitimate interest" in trying to get his case back before a court for a full appeal.

The SCCRC had asked the Appeal Court in Edinburgh for guidance on whether members of the victims' families could take such a legal move forward.

But judges ruled in July that the law was "not designed to give relatives of victims a right to proceed in an appeal for their own or the public interest".

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people were killed in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.
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Lockerbie victim's father: 'Great - let's see the evidence'

Jim Swire speaks during a service of remembrance. Credit: Reuters

Reacting to the news that two Libyans have been identified as suspects in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, Jim Swire - whose 23-year-old daughter Flora died in the atrocity - told ITV News:

Great but let’s see what the evidence is against them.

Of course we want to know who killed our family members – we still believe that no one has been held to account for Lockerbie as we think the conviction against Megrahi is unsound.

– Jim Swire
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