[This is the headline over an article that has just appeared on the website of the Tewkesbury Admag, which circulates in the Cotswold region of England. It reads as follows:]
The Cotswold father of a Lockerbie victim has just returned from Libya with the promise of new evidence from the man convicted of his daughter’s murder.
The retired GP is the father of Flora who died on Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 on the eve of her 24th birthday.
Dr Swire, who lives in Chipping Campden, was invited by Abdel Baset al-Magrahi via the Libyan ambassador in London, to visit him in Libya’s capital city Tripoli.
Dr Swire said al-Magrahi wanted to explain personally about abandoning his second appeal, and to tell the GP that if anything happened to him all the evidence from al-Magrahi’s own lawyers would be made available to him, Dr Swire said: “He is very ill but in better shape than I expected. When I go to see him I don’t feel that I am going to see my daughter’s murderer because I am satisfied he didn’t do it.
“We both have a common goal which is the re-examiniation of the evidence which led to the verdict which we believe was reached under political pressure.”
He added: “I am determined that my daughter’s murder should not be trussed up in a tissue of lies.”
Dr Swire explained that at the time of the trial 10 years ago there was so much conflicting evidence.
He said: “I was in the Netherlands throughout the trial with the object of seeing my daughter’s murderers brought to justice but the more I listened to the evidence the more I was convinced al-Magrahi didn’t do it.”
He believes that the American families of the victims were groomed to believe the verdict before it was reached.
His fears about the case were supported In 2007 when the Scottish Criminal Cases Review commission found six grounds for believing a miscarriage of justice may have taken place and granted al-Megrahi the right to a second appeal but he abandoned that when he was released last year on health grounds.
Dr Swire, aged 74, is hopeful that the campaign will be taken over by a younger man, the QC and professor of Scottish law, Robert Black from Edinburgh University.
Throughout the past 10 years Dr Swire has been interviewed by journalists from all over the world.
Last month a sell-out drama about the Lockerbie disaster and Dr Swire’s subsequent campaign was staged at the Edinburgh Festival and a film, and a possible debate in the House of Lords could be on the cards.