Lockerbie bombing appeal dropped

The High Court in Edinburgh has today accepted Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi’s request to drop his second appeal against his conviction for the Lockerbie bombing.

Al-Megrahi was found guilty of planting a bomb on Pan Am Flight 103, which detonated as the aircraft flew over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988 killing all 259 people on board and eleven more on the ground.

Megrahi has always protested his innocence. Although his appeal was dismissed in 2002, a review found evidence of a possible miscarriage of justice and granted Megrahi a second appeal.

He is terminally ill with prostate cancer and may soon be released on compassionate grounds. Today’s hearing was attended by the Reverend John Mosey, whose daughter was killed and who believes in Megrahi’s innocence.

The conviction remains controversial, with the majority of victims’ families in the UK feeling Megrahi is innocent while those in the US believe him to be guilty. Doctor Jim Swire, a member of UK Families Flight 103, has threatened to sue the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service over what he feels is a deliberate blocking of justice.

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