‘A father whose daughter died in the Lockerbie bombing has said ‘we need the truth’ as the bombers family won the the right to appeal against his conviction for the terror atrocity that killed 270 people.
The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission has found a miscarriage of justice may have occurred in the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
Dr Jim Swire, father of Flora Swire – who was 23 when she died in the bombing – supported the application to appeal the conviction, as did Rev John Mosey, whose daughter Helga, 19, also died on the flight.
Dr Swire said: ‘It has always been and remains my intent to see those responsible for her death brought to justice.
‘I still ache for her, what might have been, the grandchildren she would have had, the love she always gave us and the glowing medical career.
‘For me this case is about two families, mine and Abdelbasset’s, but behind them now are seen to lie the needs of 25 other families in applying for a further appeal 31 years after the event itself. We need the truth.’
The Commission said the family of Libyan intelligence officer al-Megrahi, who died in 2012, could instruct an appeal over his conviction for the attack on Pam Am flight 103, which was blown up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in December 1988 en route from London to New York. ‘