Sunday, 4 July 2010

Megrahi could spill his secrets in memoirs

Secret documents that could clear the Lockerbie bomber's name will be published in his controversial autobiography.

Sources close to Abdelbaset al-Megrahi have confirmed that his crucial grounds for appeal will be contained in his memoirs.

An investigation by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, which lasted three years, concluded that there were six grounds for believing Megrahi may have suffered a miscarriage of justice.

Megrahi has refused to make those public - until now.

Last night, sources close to the team working on the book confirmed it was well under way.

And respected publishing house Mainstream refused to confirm or deny their involvement. (...)

It is understood Megrahi is being helped to write the book by journalist John Ashton.

Ashton is co-author of Cover-Up Of Convenience: The Hidden Scandal Of Lockerbie, published by Mainstream in 2001.

Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora was killed in the bombing of PanAm Flight 103, believes the documents could help clear Megrahi's name.

Dr Swire has long believed Megrahi was not involved in the atrocity.

He added: "So long as Mr Megrahi is alive, he has control over the material that was assembled by the defence on his behalf.

"He has his own projects which involve that material, which I am not at liberty to talk about.

"But as long as he is alive and as long as those projects are under way, then certainly the material will not be released.

"What happens after his death, I don't know."

[From a report by Mark Aitken in today's edition of the Sunday Mail.]

1 comment:

  1. I have to say, if Megrahi had nothing to do with the bombing, how come he knows anything worth "revealing"?