Responding to the news that Libyan Abdelbasset Ali al-Megrahi has dropped his appeal SNP MSP Christine Grahame, who met several times with Megrahi in Greenock prison said:
“I believe that Mr Megrahi has come under pressure from certain quarters to drop his appeal. I know from the lengthy discussions I had with him that he was desperate to clear his name, so I believe that the decision is not entirely his own.
“There are a number of vested interests who have been deeply opposed to this appeal continuing as they know it would go a considerable way towards exposing the truth behind Lockerbie. Some serious scrutiny will be required to determine exactly why Mr Megrahi is now dropping his appeal and examination of what pressure he has come under.
“A leaked email that I saw this week from an official in the Scottish Justice Department warned that senior Scottish officials were exerting undue pressure to have Megrahi drop his appeal. They appear to have been successful.
“Myself and other campaigners are however determined to fight on to get to the truth behind Lockerbie. The only proper course now is for a full public inquiry and I would restate my call for such an inquiry to be established at the earliest opportunity.
“In the next days, weeks and months new information will be placed in the public domain that will make it clear that Mr Megrahi had nothing to do with the bombing of Pan Am 103.”