Dr Jim Swire : “Governments must let families of victims know who they believe carried out Lockerbie atrocity”

“I regard the Lockerbie verdict against Megrahi as a ‘Grand Monument to Human Stupidity’.  Indeed, the written opinion of the Lockerbie judges is a remarkable document that claims an ‘honoured place in the history of British miscarriages of justice.’ If the [SCCRC] Commission accepts the application for a full review, the infamous Zeist verdict doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving.”

INTEL TODAY — July 5 2017

Mandela visiting Megrahi — aka the ‘Lockerbie bomber’ — in prison. Many thanks to my friend John Ashston who took the picture.

In a letter published in the Belfast Telegraph, Dr Jim Swire asked the US and UK governments to reveal the real culprits of the Lockerbie tragedy. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Like Dr Swire, most Intel Today readers (88%) believe that the Lockerbie verdict is a spectacular miscarriage of justice.

I understand that a similar poll among Scotland lawyers would be even more devastating. Truth never dies.

Governments must let families know who carried out Lockerbie

I AM grateful to Kim Sengupta for his article (Saturday Review, December 29). Like Kim, I was privileged to meet Baset Al-Megrahi in Tripoli just before his death in 2012, by which time we had become good friends.

Years before, I had met him while he was in prison at Greenock in Scotland for a crime I knew he had not committed.

Kim’s article mentions many who were sufficiently involved to become convinced, like myself and Fr Keegans, that this man had been wrongly convicted.

For those of us relatives who know this to be the case, it adds sorely to the burden of bereavement to know that those with the authority, power and knowledge to overturn this verdict, simply will not thus far act.

We, the direct relatives, surely have the right to know the truth as to all that our governments know about the real perpetrators and why the atrocity at Lockerbie was not prevented.

I promised Megrahi’s family I would do all I could to free them from the burden of the epithet of “the Lockerbie bomber’s family”.

I also met Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill just before Megrahi’s release, when I was able to beg him to let a man I knew to be innocent be free to go home to die among his family. He has since admitted he is not happy with aspects of the evidence used against Baset.

Unfortunately, the Scottish High Court has ruled that we relatives of some of the victims have no locus to request further review of the evidence through a fresh appeal.

It is to be fervently hoped that 2019 will see Megrahi’s family granted a further full appeal.

It is not that there is nicely balanced evidence for and against the verdict: there is now an overwhelming preponderance of material which confirms that Megrahi was not involved, but that failures in the way warnings were handled by the Thatcher government of the day – and at Heathrow, in particular – allowed the bomb to be ingested there.

Like Baset, Air Malta and Frankfurt airport need to be excluded from blame. Let’s admit we got it disastrously wrong and plan for a safer future.

DR JIM SWIRE

(daughter Flora murdered at Lockerbie)

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Dr Jim Swire on the death of Megrahi

Jim Swire, is an English doctor best known for his involvement in the aftermath of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, in which his daughter Flora was killed.

Swire lobbied toward a solution for the difficulties in bringing suspects in the original bombing to trial, and later advocated for the retrial and release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

Swire also carried a fake bomb onto an aircraft as a demonstration of lax security. [Wikipedia]

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REFERENCES

Letter of the day: Governments must let families of victims know who they believe carried out Lockerbie atrocity — Belfast Telegraph

Robert Fisk: Do you know the truth about Lockerbie? — Independent

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Dr Jim Swire : “Governments must let families of victims know who they believe carried out Lockerbie atrocity”

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