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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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Lockerbie bombing plot: A timeline of events

The bombing killed everyone on board and 11 people on the ground. Credit: Reuters

Here's a recap of the key dates in the investigation into the 1988 Lockerbie bombing plot:

Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 kills 270 people in December 1988 - deadliest attack on British soil
Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi found guilty of mass murder
Al-Megrahi loses his appeal against his conviction
Al-Megrahi is released from prison on compassionate grounds - provoking fury from victims' families
Al-Megrahi dies at his home in Libya from prostate cancer aged 60


Lockerbie bombing: Two men identified as suspects

Site of the Lockerbie bombings in 1988 Credit: PA Wire

Two Libyans have been identified as suspects in the ongoing investigation into the Lockerbie bombing, Scottish prosecutors have confirmed.

They believe the two individuals were involved along with Abdelbaset al-Megrahi- the only person to have been convicted of the 1988 atrocity in which 270 people were killed.

Megrahi, who was released from jail by the Scottish Government in 2009 on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with prostate cancer, died in 2012 protesting his innocence.

Scotland's Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC recently met the US Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, in Washington to review progress made in the ongoing investigation.

They have now requested permission from the Libyan authorities for Scottish police and the FBI to interview the two named suspects in Tripoli.

A Crown Office spokesman said:

The Lord Advocate and the US Attorney General have recently agreed that there is a proper basis in law in Scotland and the United States to entitle Scottish and US investigators to treat two Libyans as suspects in the continuing investigation into the bombing of flight Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie.

The Lord Advocate has today, therefore, issued an International Letter of Request to the Libyan attorney general in Tripoli which identifies the two Libyans as suspects in the bombing of flight Pan Am 103.

The Lord Advocate and the US Attorney General are seeking the assistance of the Libyan judicial authorities for Scottish police officers and the FBI to interview the two named suspects in Tripoli. The two individuals are suspected of involvement, along with Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, in the bombing of flight Pan Am 103 in December 1988 and the murder of 270 people."

– A Crown Office spokesman

Lead theft 'may have involved a number of people'

Police Scotland. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for information after lead and copper worth around £5,500 were stolen from a property in Lockerbie.

Approximately five tonnes of lead sheeting, and 12 square metres of copper sheeting, were taken from the roof of the Dinwoodie Lodge Country House, Johnstonebridge, Lockerbie.

The theft is thought to have happened between Saturday 4 July and Sunday 5 July.

This theft would not have been a quick one and may well have involved a number of people and vehicles.

We are appealing to anyone who may have been in the area to get in touch with us through 101 if they saw anything suspicious."

– Constable Nicola Brunton, Police Scotland

Lockerbie families fail in Megrahi appeal

Megrahi Credit: PA

Judges have ruled that relatives of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing should not be allowed to pursue an appeal on behalf of the man convicted of the atrocity - Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi.

Delivering the court's judgment, Lord Carloway said: "The Scottish criminal justice system does not at present allow victims or relatives of victims to be direct participants in criminal proceedings."

Since June last year, the SCCRC has been considering a fresh, joint application from members of Megrahi's family and the Justice for Megrahi campaign group, which includes relatives of British victims of the bombing, to review the conviction.

It was believed to be an unprecedented move - the first time in UK legal history that relatives of murdered victims have united with the relatives of a convicted deceased in such a way.


Lockerbie families fight for Megrahi appeal

al-Megrahi died of cancer in May 2012 Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

A hearing will take place today to decide whether relatives of Lockerbie bombing victims could pursue an appeal on behalf of the only man convicted of the atrocity.

A group of British relatives maintain they have a "legitimate interest" in trying to get the case of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi back before a court for a full appeal.

They believe the Libyan, who died protesting his innocence in his home country in 2012, was the victim of a miscarriage of justice and say his conviction should be overturned.

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC), which is once again looking at Megrahi's conviction, has petitioned the High Court asking for guidance on whether members of the victims' families can take forward such an appeal on the convicted man's behalf.

A hearing on the issue will take place before three judges at the Appeal Court in Edinburgh today.

Megrahi was found guilty of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over the south of Scotland on December 21 1988 in which 270 people were killed.

He died after abandoning his second appeal, which itself came after the SCCRC referred the case back to senior High Court judges in 2007.

Since June last year, the SCCRC has been considering a fresh, joint application from members of Megrahi's family and the Justice for Megrahi campaign group, which includes relatives of British victims of the bombing, to review the conviction.

Aamer Anwar, solicitor for the Megrahi family and 26 relatives of Lockerbie victims, said:

On June 5 2014, the Commission received an application for a further review of Mr Al-Megrahi's conviction from my office.

This application was lodged on behalf of two separate groups: Family members of the deceased victims of the Lockerbie bombing and members of Mr Al-Megrahi's family.

Our legal team will argue today that the Commission is premature with their petition, as the role of the SCCRC is to investigate whether there has been a miscarriage of justice.

When Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie on 21 December 1988, 270 people from 21 countries perished. It remains the worst terrorist atrocity ever committed in the UK but the consequences are still being felt 26 years later.

The family members of the Lockerbie victims instructing us maintain that they have as much a right to pursue an appeal as the Megrahi family because they also believe the wrong person was convicted.

The families hope this matter can be resolved as finality in the Megrahi case is unlikely ever to be achieved unless a referral is made to the Appeal Court.

– Aamer Anwar

Thousands watch Lockerbie Riding of the Marches

The cavalcade rides the boundaries of the town Credit: ITV News Border

Thousands of people from Lockerbie have turned out for the annual Riding of the Marches and Gala.

The elected Cornet, his Lass and the Standard Bearer lead a cavalcade of around 130 horses and riders around the boundaries of the town.

Historically, the principals and their followers would check the boundaries for intruders, and chase them off if any were found.

2015 Lockerbie Principals Credit: ITV News Border

This year marks the biggest turnout for many years, with the sunny weather making a difference.

The annual tradition is a highlight for the town, who turn out in their thousands to cheer on the horses and riders.

Horse and riders on the gallop Credit: ITV News Border

After the cavalcade return to the town centre, the Gala day begins, with a special parade for this year's Gala Queen.

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