Funeral of Lockerbie bomber

The funeral of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has taken place at Tripoli's main cemetery. He died yesterday after a long battle with cancer.

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Al-Megrahi buried outside Tripoli

Around a hundred family members and mourners, including a few Gaddafi-era officials, attended the funeral of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. He died yesterday in his home surrounded by his family.

His funeral has not made any of the three main television channels in Libya so far: many within the country are focused on the upcoming elections after overthrowing Muammar Gaddafi last year.


US Senator: 'Grave injustice that al-Megrahi died at home'

US Senator Charles Schumer said it was a "grave injustice" that Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was allowed to die at home, surrounded by his family and friends.

The New York state senator said the Lockerbie bomb attack that killed 270 people was one of the "greatest injustices that has happened in the last hundred years"

The plane crash in Lockerbie, Scotland, took a heavy toll on New York, with 35 students from Syracuse University and two from the State University of New York at Oswego among the 270 victims.

  1. Debi Edward

Investigation into Lockerbie bombing will continue

Dumfries and Galloway police say their Lockerbie investigation will continue in order to bring justice to the others involved. I think it's fair to say people in Lockerbie are not spending much time reflecting on the death of al-Megrahi, most just want to move on.

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commision (SCCRC) confirmed that al-Megrahi's family or 'an interested party' can apply to have his conviction reviewed again. However SCCRC will not accept a case where the only issues raised are the same as matters it rejected in the previous review.

If a new application for a review is made SCCRC would consider reasons for the abandonment of al-Megrahi's 2nd appeal before it would accept the case.


Scottish Government defends decision over Megrahi release

This morning, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon defended the Scottish Government's decision to release Megrahi from prison in 2009:

Compassion is a long-standing principle in the Scottish criminal justice system. (Justice Secretary) Kenny MacAskill took the decision to release Megrahi on compassionate grounds because he was dying of terminal prostate cancer. One of the things that I hope will happen as a result of Megrahi's death is that some of the wilder conspiracy theories surrounding his release will now be laid to rest. He did have terminal prostate cancer and he died of terminal prostate cancer.

– Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland

Miliband: Cameron is right to reject calls for Lockerbie inquiry

Labour leader Ed Miliband said he believed the Prime Minister's response to calls for a fresh inquiry into the conviction of al-Megrahi was correct. He told ITV Daybreak:

I am obviously very sympathetic to the families who have gone through this terrible grief and who don't feel that they have got proper answers.

I think the Prime Minister is right though, that unless there is new evidence that comes forward - we had a whole trial, it was a long and painstaking trial which took place, it was done in a proper court of law

– Labour leader Ed Miliband, on ITV Daybreak

Al-Megrahi's funeral to take place today in Tripoli

Al-Megrahi will be buried in Tripoli's main cemetry, according to a Libyan news agency Credit: Reuters

The funeral of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi will take place later today in Tripoli's main cemetry, according to a Libyan news agency.

The funeral was initially expected to take place on the day of Megrahi's death, in line with Islamic tradition, but was put off to allow relatives to come from Sebha, his hometown in the South of the country.

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