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Bomber’s fam­ily ap­peals

- Crime · Incidents · Lockerbie · Edinburgh · Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi

The fam­ily of a Libyan man con­victed of blow­ing up an Amer­i­can air­liner over the Scot­tish town of Locker­bie in 1988 has be­gun a new­posthu­mous ap­peal against the con­vic­tion, say­ing he­was found guilty based on un­re­li­able ev­i­dence. The ap­peal at the High Court in Ed­in­burgh is the third at­tempt to over­turn Ab­del­baset al-Megrahi’s 2001 con­vic­tion for blow­ing up Pan AmF­light 103 on De­cem­ber 21, 1988, killing 270 peo­ple. AlMe­grahi, a for­mer Libyan in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer, lost one ap­peal and aban­doned another be­fore be­ing freed from prison in 2009 on com­pas­sion­ate grounds be­cause he­was suf­fer­ing from can­cer. He died in 2012.

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