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Lockerbie bomber publishes appeals documents

Hundreds of pages of documents relating to the abandoned appeal by Lockerbie bomber Abdelbasset Ali al-Megrahi have been published on his website
Megrahi, who has terminal prostate cancer, was freed early on compassionate grounds last month from the life term he was serving at Greenock prison for the bombing.
Megrahi contends he has been the victim of a miscarriage of justice. He was convicted of the 1988 Pan Am flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie in Scotland, in 2001 by a three-judge Scottish court specially convened in the Netherlands.
His case was referred back to the Court of Criminal Appeal by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission on 27 June 2007.
But he abandoned his appeal against conviction and sentence, when he was freed on compassionate grounds.
The documents include the way in which identification evidence was obtained from a Maltese shopkeeper, Tony Gauci. They also include what the defence papers published today describe as “significant failures” by the Crown to disclose information about the identification evidence and about Mr Gauci.
Gauci picked out Megrahi as the man who bought clothes later found in the suitcase that contained the bomb.
Scotland’s Lord-Advocate Elish Angiolini said she “deplored” his attempt to challenge his conviction. “The only appropriate forum for the determination of guilt or innocence is the criminal court...Mr Megrahi remains convicted of the worst terrorist atrocity in UK history.”

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