Lockerbie bombing appeal ends, judges mull ruling

Five senior judges begin deliberating their ruling in a posthumous appeal against the conviction of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Mohmet Al-Megrahi.

Scotland’s most senior judge, Lord Justice General Colin Sutherland, says the panel will issue a written opinion “as soon as it possibly can” after three days of submissions.

The former Libyan intelligence officer Megrahi was the only person convicted for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which blew up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie on December 21, 1988.

A total of 270 people were killed, including 11 on the ground, in what remains Britain’s worst terrorist attack.

Megrahi was jailed for life in 2001 but maintained his innocence until his death in 2012. His family has taken on the case and in March won the right to take it back to court.


Hours after the event, policemen stand near the wreckage of the 747 Pan Am airliner that exploded and crashed over Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988. (Roy Letkey/AFP)