Author: By Kim Sengupta
Both British and American officials originally claimed that Iran commissioned
the attack on the Pan Am flight using the Palestinian guerrilla group PFLP
(GC), based in Damascus, in retaliation for the shooting down of an Iranian
airliner by the US. That changed, however, after the first Gulf War when
Syria joined the US sponsored coalition against Saddam Hussein and the same
officials now held that Libya was the culprit state.
Col Gadaffi?s regime eventually paid out £1.4 million in compensation to the
families of the victims but that was seen by those sceptical of the new
theory as one just of the deals which brought him back into the
international fold and Al Megrahi was sacrificed for the same end.
Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora was one of those killed, said after the trial
into the bombing “I went into that court thinking I was going to see the
trial of those who were responsible for the murder of my daughter. I came
out thinking he had been framed. I am very afraid that we saw steps taken to
ensure that a politically desired result was obtained.?
Last October Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission identified six
grounds where it believed ” a miscarriage of justice may have occurred” at
the original trial into the Lockerbie bombing, at Camp Zeist, in Holland,
six years ago.
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