Lockerbie bombing: Megrahi appeal bid allowed

The conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi over the Lockerbie bombing can be taken to a fresh appeal, a review has ruled.

The Libyan was found guilty in 2001 of the terrorist attack which claimed the lives of 270 people in 1988.

His family requested a posthumous appeal against the conviction almost three years ago.

The Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission (SCCRC) said the family was now entitled to seek an appeal against his conviction.

It has referred the case to the High Court of Justiciary.

Megrahi died in 2012 but the appeal bid was lodged on behalf of his family and supported by relatives of some of those killed in the disaster.

The commission said it had considered six grounds of review and concluded that a miscarriage of justice may have occurred by reason of “unreasonable verdict” and “non-disclosure”.

It rejected the four other possible grounds of review.

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A total of 270 people died in the Lockerbie bombing in 1988

It said that “no reasonable trial court could have accepted that Mr Megrahi was identified as the purchaser” of items that were inside a bomb suitcase used in the attack.

It also found that the Crown should have…

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