Lockerbie families in court over Megrahi appeal

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi.  Pic: PA Photo/Crown Office
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi. Pic: PA Photo/Crown Office
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Representatives of some of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing are at the High Court in Edinburgh for a hearing on whether they can pursue an appeal against Abdelbaset al-Megrahi’s conviction.

The Libyan, who died protesting his innocence in his home country in 2012, remains the only person convicted for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over the south of Scotland on December 21 1988. A total of 270 people were killed.

The SCCRC is considering a joint application from members of Megrahi’s family and the Justice for Megrahi campaign group, which includes relatives of British victims of the bombing, to review the conviction.

It said previously that despite repeated requests, members of Megrahi’s family have failed to provide “appropriate evidence” supporting their involvement in the application.

The SCCRC has concluded that the application is being “actively supported” only by the members of the victims’ families.

While previous court decisions have meant only the executor of a dead person’s estate or their next of kin could proceed with such a posthumous application, the SCCRC wants to determine if a member of the victims’ families - such as Dr Jim Swire, who lost his daughter in the bombing - might be classed as a “person with a legitimate interest to pursue an appeal” if the case is referred back to the High Court.

Dr Swire and Aamer Anwar, solicitor for the Megrahi family, were among those at court today for the hearing.