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Investigation into Lockerbie bombing will continue

by Debi Edward

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.

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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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Cameron rules out fresh inquiry into al-Megrahi conviction

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi IN 1988 Credit: Press Association

David Cameron has dismissed calls for a fresh inquiry into the conviction of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi.

The Prime Minister also reiterated his stance that the Libyan terrorist should never have been released from jail on compassionate grounds nearly three years ago.

The Prime Minister said thoughts should be with the people who died in the "appalling terrorist act" and the the suffering their families have endured.

He said he is clear the court case was "properly run and properly dealt with"

Cameron rejects Megrahi probe plea

David Cameron has dismissed calls for a fresh inquiry into the conviction of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi in the wake of his death.

The Prime Minister also reiterated his stance that the Libyan terrorist should never have been released from jail on compassionate grounds nearly three years ago.

Former Libyan intelligence officer Megrahi was sentenced to life in prison for the 1988 bombing of a US airliner over the Scottish town which claimed 270 lives.

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