Scotland Reopens Lockerbie Bombing Investigation
October 25, 2009
(ChattahBox)—The Sunday Telegraph is reporting this morning that Scotland authorities are reexamining the evidence in the Lockerbie bombing investigation, including a new analysis of forensic evidence. The reopening of the case apparently has been ongoing, since convicted bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi dropped his appeal and was allowed to return home to Libya to die.
Questions about Megrahi’s co-conspirators have plagued Megrahi’s conviction for the mass murder of 270 people. The victims’ families believe Megrahi could not have managed the Lockerbie bombing alone. Additionally, the convicted bomber has maintained his innocence, leaving others to wonder if Megrahi was a scapegoat for another group of shadowy terrorists responsible for the bombing.
In light of all these questions, the families of the British bombing victims have demanded that Prime Minister Gordon Brown also launch an inquiry into the bombing.
The Scotland inquiry is headed by Detective Chief Inspector Michael Dalgleish, who was part of the original investigation against Megrahi. In an email sent to British families informing them of the new investigation, it’s made clear that authorities plan to reexamine every piece of evidence and expand other lines of investigation.
The email was sent by Lindsey Miller, a senior Procurator Fiscal:
“Throughout the investigation we have, at various times, taken stock of the evidence as a whole with a view to identifying further lines of inquiry that can be pursued. Now that the appeal proceedings are at an end a further review of the case is under way and several potential lines of inquiry, both through a ‘desktop’ (paper) exercise and consultation with forensic science colleagues are being considered. You will of course appreciate that it would not be appropriate for me to elaborate on these lines but please be assured that this is not simply paying lip service to the idea of an ‘open case.’”
The relatives of the victims of the Pan Am flight 103, that exploded in the air in Lockerbie, Scotland are encouraged by the new investigation, which may once and for all, answer many of the lingering doubts about the case.