News­pa­per pub­lishes se­cret Locker­bie files

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LONDON | A Scot­tish news­pa­per on Sun­day pub­lished pre­vi­ously undis­closed files on the 1988 Pan Am bomb­ing that killed hun­dreds over Locker­bie, ar­gu­ing it is in the public in­ter­est to flout data pro­tec­tion laws that have kept the doc­u­ments from the public.

The Sun­day Her­ald news­pa­per posted an 800-page re­port by the Scot­tish Crim­i­nal Cases Re­view Com­mis­sion to its web­site. The only per­son con­victed in the case claims that the files sup­port doubts about his in­volve­ment in the crime.

Scot­tish leader Alex Salmond de­fended their pub­li­ca­tion, say­ing it would help bet­ter in­form the public de­bate over the case made against Ab­del Baset al-me­grahi, the only man con­victed in the bomb­ing that killed 270, mostly Amer­i­cans.

Scot­tish le­gal au­thor­i­ties have said that though it is an of­fense to dis­close the in­for­ma­tion, no one would be pros­e­cuted over the decision to pub­lish.

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