The controversy surrounding the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi – The alledged Lockerbie bomber

The lockerbie bombing has been used by the UK and US leadership and media to justify the current attack on Libya

John Ashton

Megrahi’s survival, and the Lockerbie case in general, now has far wider significance. For western governments struggling to justify why Libya should be singled out for enforced regime change, the issue has become a godsend. In recent weeks both Barack Obama and William Hague have tried to boost wilting public support for the war by highlighting Gaddafi’s responsibility for the 1988 attack.

The true scandal was not Megrahi’s release, but his 2001 conviction. The Justice for Megrahi campaign, founded in 2008, counts among its signatories Dr Jim Swire and Rev John Mosey, each of whom lost a daughter in the bombing, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien. Another signatory, Scottish QC Ian Hamilton, last year blogged: “I don’t think there’s a lawyer in Scotland who now believes Mr Megrahi was justly convicted.”

I go further than those lawyers: I am as certain as I can be that Megrahi is innocent. For three years until his return to Libya I worked as a researcher alongside his legal team and since then have been writing a book with him. I have read all his case files and have visited him many times, both in prison and in Tripoli. I’m one of a handful of people familiar with both the man and the evidence that convicted him.

Read More

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/18/lockerbie-bomber-megrahi-libyan-conflict?CMP=twt_gu

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Further Reading

http://www.guardian.co.uk/theobserver/2001/jun/17/politics

http://www.lockerbietruth.com/

 

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