Newspaper publishes secret Lockerbie files
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.