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Key Lockerbie bombing witness dies

Tony Gauci Credit: PA

A key witness whose evidence helped to secure the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi over the Lockerbie bombing has died, according to the Times of Malta.

Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci died of natural causes at his home at the age of 75.

Mr Gauci ran a clothes shop in Malta, at the time of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 and claimed that Megrahi bought a piece of clothing found among the debris of the aircraft.

His evidence helped to secure the 2001 conviction of Libyan Megrahi for the atrocity in which 270 people died.

Pan Am 103 Credit: PA

Some doubts were subsequently raised about Mr Gauci's reliability.

Megrahi was the only person to have been convicted of the bombing on December 21 1988.

In his last interview, Megrahi insisted he had "never seen" Mr Gauci and had not bought clothes from him.

Mundell urges patience in Lockerbie investigation

David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, says people need to wait patiently for results from the latest stage of the Lockerbie investigation.

The Scottish Minister was speaking exclusively to ITV Border:

There are no short term answers that are going to emerge that haven't emerged over that period.

I think people have to be patient but I think it is a positive development and we should look at it in that way."

– David Mundell MP

Lockerbie bombing: 'if it was Libya, it was Gaddafi'

Throughout the Lockerbie bombing investigation, questions have been raised about the involvement of Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the crime.

Oliver Miles spent a short time as British Ambassador to Libya in 1984, and he isn't certain Libya was involved at all.

But he says if the country was involved, it was certainly organised at the highest level:

Don't forget that Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the crime, was convicted of conspiracy. No-one imagines that he acted alone.

There must have been a team, if he was part of it, it was a Libyan team, and if it was a Libyan team, it was Gaddafi."

– Oliver Miles, former British ambassador to Libya
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