Lockerbie bombing appeal opens

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, convicted in 2001, claims he is the victim of "a miscarriage of justice."

October 11, 2007 23:35
Lockerbie bombing appeal opens

lockerbie pan-am 248. (photo credit: AP [file])


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Lawyers for Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only man ever convicted for the bombing of a Pan Am jumbo jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, in which 270 people were killed, claimed at the start of his appeal on Thursday that he was the victim of "a miscarriage of justice." Megrahi, 55, was convicted by a panel of three Scottish judges sitting in The Netherlands in 2001. He lost an appeal the following year, and was granted this second appeal by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission earlier this summer. The commission cited six possible grounds for a miscarriage of justice. Chief among them were doubts about the identification of Megrahi as the purchaser of items of clothing found in the suitcase that contained the bomb, and concern about evidence relating to the Swiss-made timer purportedly used to detonate it. At Thursday's hearing, Megrahi's lawyers sought access to a classified document relating to the timer. The prosecution was given six weeks to respond to the request, and the case was adjourned to December 21 - the 19th anniversary of the blast.

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