Locker­bie-bomb­ing ver­dict ap­peal sought

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON — The fam­ily of a Libyan man con­victed of the 1988 Locker­bie bomb­ing launched a new ef­fort Tues­day to posthu­mously clear his name.

Rel­a­tives of Ab­del­baset al-Me­grahi say he was wrongly con­victed of the air­liner bomb­ing, which killed 270 peo­ple.

The fam­ily’s lawyer, Aamer An­war, handed a dossier of ev­i­dence to the Glas­gow of­fices of the Scot­tish Crim­i­nal Cases Re­view Com­mis­sion, which will de­cide whether to hand the case to an ap­peals court.

Al-Me­grahi was con­victed in 2001 of blow­ing up Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scot­tish town of Locker­bie on Dec. 21, 1988, killing all 259 peo­ple aboard and 11 on the ground. Many vic­tims were Amer­i­can col­lege stu­dents fly­ing home for Christ­mas.

Al-Me­grahi lost one ap­peal and aban­doned an­other be­fore be­ing freed in 2009 on com­pas­sion­ate grounds. He died of can­cer in 2012, still protest­ing his in­no­cence.

The lat­est ap­peal seeks to over­turn the mur­der con­vic­tion, cit­ing con­cerns about the ev­i­dence that con­victed al-Me­grahi, in­clud­ing doubts about the timer al­leged to have det­o­nated the bomb.

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