Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed El Megrahi: (Lockerbie bombing); His son Khaled has joined the campaign to clear his father's name; (Fresh scientific evidence has given hope to Al Megrahi's supporters); Herald Scotland;

STORY: "Megrahi's son joins campaign to clear his father's name," by reporter Colin McNeill, published by the Herald Scotland on January 12, 2015.

GIST: "The son of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing has joined a Facebook group protesting his father's innocence to help dispel the notion that an application for a posthumous appeal is not backed by his family. Khaled El Megrahi has joined the Friends of Justice for Megrahi group and has been welcomed warmly by the other 180 members committed to clearing his father's name. They include British relatives of the 270 victims who perished 26 years ago, Professor Robert Black, the architect of the trial under Scots Law in a neutral country, and prominent figures like James Robertson, one of Scotland's greatest novelists. Robertson's acclaimed novel, The Professor of Truth, was based loosely on the Lockerbie atrocity which killed 270 people in December 1988. Shortly before El Megrahi joined the group, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commi (SCCRC)  had expressed doubts about continuing the investigation that could lead to a fresh attempt to overturn the conviction of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed El Megrahi.........The SCCRC in 2007 referred the case back to the appeal court for what would have been a second appeal on six grounds that suggested there might have been a miscarriage of justice. Since then, the case for an appeal has been strengthened by fresh scientific evidence showing that a fragment said to be from the timer that detonated the bomb was not a match for a type of device that the court accepted had been used and had been sold only to Libya. Megrahi died on 20 May 2012, some 33 months after his release on compassionate grounds as he was dying from cancer. He abandoned his appeal believing it would help secure his compassionate release, and although the Scottish Government has always denied a deal was done, his controversial release was confirmed soon after."

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