Right to appeal granted in Lockerbie bombing case

Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi has been granted the right to a second appeal against his conviction for the Lockerbie bombing, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission said Thursday.

Right to appeal granted in Lockerbie bombing case
Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi has been granted the right to a second appeal against his conviction for the Lockerbie bombing, the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission said Thursday.

The Commission, which carried out a three-year investigation, said it was of the view, based upon its lengthy investigations, that the new evidence it had found and other evidence which was not before the trial court, that the applicant may have suffered a miscarriage of justice.

The Commission added that it had identified six grounds where it believed "a miscarriage of justice may have occurred".

Chairman Dr Graham Forbes said "The place for that matter to be determined is in the Appeal Court, to which we now refer the case."

All 259 passengers and crew aboard Pan Am Flight 103 were killed when the aircraft exploded above the small Scottish town of Lockerbie on December 21, 1988.

The wreckage, which plunged to the ground, also killed 11 residents in Lockerbie.

Al Megrahi was found guilty of mass murder by three Scottish judges at Camp Zeist, in the Netherlands, in 2001 and was later told he must serve at least 27 years in jail.

A previous appeal by Al Megrahi was thrown out in 2002.
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