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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:

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.

Team GB curlers given civic reception in Lockerbie

Both Team GB's men and women curlers were welcomed to Lockerbie today with a range of events.

The day started off with a Q&A session with local children, before the teams were piped through the streets of the town.

Huge crowds came out to meet them.

"It's incredible, I've been looking forward to this for such a long time and to come and see all the people that gave us such good support and knowing that this was all hear for us ready and waiting, it so so special."

– David Murdoch, Team GB

"It's fantastic. It's actually the first time I've been back to the town, there's still a lot of people that I haven't seen yet that I would like to so yeah I'm looking forward to the rest of the day."

– Claire Hamilton, Team GB


Government to support Lockerbie scholarships


Great week for Lockerbie. Finally getting 3G pitch and today £100k for the Lockerbie-Syracuse Trust from UK Govt. #Budget2014


UK government to support Lockerbie scholarships #Budget2014 Here's the school's website with details of what they do


George Osborne announces he'll support Lockerbie scholarships for people from town to study in United States. #budget2014

George Osborne announces the government will support the Lockerbie-Syracuse Trust which offers scholarship opportunities to students both side of the Atlantic.

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