[This is he headline over a highly speculative article by Ben Borland in today's edition of the Sunday Express. It reads in part:]
Forgotten papers belonging to a Lockerbie lawyer killed in a car crash on the first day of the bombing inquiry could hold new clues to the disaster.
The widow of solicitor Michael Hughes, 37, has revealed she still has most of the documents from his near two-year investigation into the circumstances of the disaster, having never been asked to hand them over.
Mr Hughes’ tragic death, as he was representing American relatives of the 270 victims, threw the largest legal hearing of its kind in Scottish history into disarray.
Some Lockerbie families and Scots MPs were already unhappy at the relatively limited scope of the Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI), which ran from October 1990 to March 1991 and cost £3million.
It has since emerged that key details were not disclosed to the public or even withheld from the probe altogether for national security reasons.
And according to a friend of Mr Hughes, who asked not to be named, the lawyer had spoken shortly before his death of sensational new evidence that would “blow the case wide open”.
Now Mr Hughes’s widow Felicity, 57, from Pollokshields, Glasgow, has revealed she still retains many of his papers, although she admits he had probably taken much of what he knew with him to the grave.
“I don’t think we’ll ever know what Michael knew, if he knew anything,” she said. “I was never aware of a cover up, nobody hinted at that. Nothing ever came back to me. If they know anything, I know nothing about it.
“Michael’s papers from the inquiry, I possibly have some. I got his papers. I got a pile of papers from his office, put them in a box and put them away. Michael’s files – I have them, nobody else would have them.” (...)
But a colleague of Mr Hughes clearly recalls a conversation in late 1990. “He told me that he had information that would blow the case wide open,” he said. “He never gave me any more details and I think he regretted it as soon as he had said it.”
The FAI determined that the bomb was hidden in a radio-cassette player in a suitcase which was “probably” put on the plane at Frankfurt from a non-Pan Am flight.
Some critics argued the hearing did not have a wide enough scope to investigate alleged blunders by the security services. Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora died on board Pan Am Flight 103, has since established the FAI was never told of a break-in at the luggage sheds at Heathrow on the night of the bombing.
In 1996 it emerged that five public immunity certificates had been signed in relation to the hearing, quashing potentially vital evidence. (...)