Iran has denied claims made by a former Iranian intelligence officer to an Al Jazeera documentary that it ordered the Lockerbie bombing in retaliation for a US strike on an Iranian passenger plane. 270 people died in the disaster over 25 years ago.
New documents obtained by Al-Jazeera claim to show Iranian militants were behind the 1988 attack that killed 270 people. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told AFP:
We reject any claims of Iranian involvement in this act of terror. Iran's stance not only on this case but on all terrorist-related issues is quite clear: Iran flatly denies (links) to any act of terror.
Scotland's Crown Office says there is 'nothing new' in the latest claims that Iran was responsible for the Lockerbie air disaster.
"Mesbahi's claim that Iran was responsible was first reported in the media in the late 1990s and was available to the defence before the trial but they did not call him as a witness.
"The only appropriate forum for the determination of guilt or innocence is the criminal court, and Mr Megrahi was convicted unanimously by three senior judges. His conviction was upheld unanimously by five judges, in an Appeal Court presided over by the Lord Justice General, Scotland’s most senior judge.
"As the investigation remains live, it would not be appropriate to offer further comment."
A former Iranian intelligence agent has claimed in a new documentary that the Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Iran and carried by out a Syrian-based terror group.
Abolghassem Mesbah, a defector to Germany, told investigative journalists from Al Jazeera that the Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khomeini, ordered the bombing "to copy exactly what happened to the Iranian airbus"
The new claims, with supporting documents, will be broadcast tonight in a documentary called Lockerbie: What Really Happened? and will name key players said to be involved in the planning and implementation of the terror attack that killed 270 people in 1988.