Lockerbie bombers family lodge new bid to clear his name

first_imgThe family of the Lockerbie bomber found guilty of Britain’s worst ever terrorist outrage have lodged a new bid to clear his name, five years after his death.Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi died in 2012 still protesting his innocence, after being controversially freed from a Scottish prison.Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of the 1988 atrocity which killed 270 people. He was jailed for 27 years, but was released on compassionate ground three years before his death from prostate cancer. Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, left, and son of the Libyan leader Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, right, gesture on his arrival at an airport in Tripoli, Libya Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, left, arrives at an airport in Tripoli  in 2009 after being released from Scotland.Credit:AP His family and his lawyer, Aamer Anwar, on Tuesday handed in files to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) in Glasgow.The SCCRC will now decide whether there are grounds to refer the case to the appeal court.The move has the support of several UK family members of those killed on the flight, who have long called for a full public inquiry into the bombing.Mr Anwar said the truth about what happened on December 21, 1988 “remains elusive”.”The reputation of Scottish law has suffered both at home and internationally because of widespread doubts about the conviction of Mr al-Megrahi.”It is in the interests of justice and restoring confidence in our criminal justice system that these doubts can be addressed. However the only place to determine whether a miscarriage of justice did occur is in the appeal court, where the evidence can be subjected to rigorous scrutiny.”Megrahi lost an appeal against his conviction in 2002, with the SCCRC recommending in 2007 that he should be granted a second appeal.He dropped the second attempt to overturn his conviction in 2009, ahead of his return to Libya, but his widow Aisha and son Ali met Mr Anwar late last year to discuss a posthumous appeal to overturn the murder conviction. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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