"Families bereaved by the Lockerbie air disaster have failed in their latest attempt to clear the name of the man convicted of the crime. A number of British relatives tried to launch a posthumous appeal on behalf of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi following his death in 2012.  The move had the backing of Megrahi's Libya-based family. However, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) has blocked their attempt.  It has refused to refer the case back to the High Court, saying it would not be in the interests of justice. In a statement, the SCCRC said it had not received paperwork relating to Megrahi's previous court appeals and so was unable to consider the relevant matters properly.  It also stated it had little confidence in the willingness of the Megrahi family to co-operate with the current review or to take forward any subsequent appeal. Megrahi is the only man ever convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, in which 270 people were killed when a bomb was placed on board a Pan Am jet travelling from Heathrow to New York.  Following his conviction in January 2001, he lost one appeal and abandoned a second before being released on compassionate grounds in 2009."


See response of Megrahi's former lawyers to the decision: "It is with some surprise that we learn today that the Commission have come to the view that papers have not been forthcoming from us as Mr Megrahi’s appeal representatives. As soon as a request was made from the commission we asked to be advised of the basis of the request – the power of the commission to ask for access to material. Despite making clear that we were anxious to assist, we have not as yet been told of the Commission’s authority to have access to amongst other things private communications. As solicitors we cannot deliver up papers in our possession simply upon request, even to a body such as the Commission."