[This is the headline over a report published this afternoon on The Guardian website. It reads in part:]
A British lawyer representing victims of the Lockerbie bombing is meeting Libya's revolutionary leaders in pursuit of evidence a senior rebel claims to have that Muammar Gaddafi ordered the attack.
Jason McCue, head of the Libya Victims Initiative, is also seeking "an apology from the Libyan people" for the blowing up of the Pan Am flight in 1988 and the country's supply of explosives used in IRA attacks.
McCue said he had been invited to Benghazi by the chairman of its interim governing council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, who served as Gaddafi's justice minister. Jalil has said publicly that he has evidence of the Libyan leader's involvement in the Lockerbie bombing but has not elaborated further.
McCue is also seeking redress for 150 British families who were victims of IRA attacks.
"There are evidential issues, particularly on Lockerbie. Jalil has made indications that he has evidence linking Gaddafi to it. We've fought for years and never had that information. It's about getting that evidence [and] getting apologies which are worth their weight in gold to the victims," he said.
McCue is ruling out new litigation for now, saying that would be the wrong time to sue individuals such as Moussa Koussa, Gadaffi's foreign minister who has defected to Britain and who allegedly established Libya's relationship with the IRA. (...)
McCue said that he believed an apology to victims of terrorist attacks sponsored by Libya would help establish the revolutionary leadership as bona fide supporters of human rights.
"The IRA victims have never had an apology off the Gaddafi regime ... Likewise the Lockerbie families have never had an unequivocal apology. It's always been tongue-tied," he said.
"The Libyan people, it is so important for them to express their sorrow for what that regime did ... and it's important for the international victims to hear that. I think that is absolutely essential."
Asked if that should mean that the British people should apologise to Libyans for helping to prop up Gaddafi following the rapprochement with the west in recent years, including the training of his military, McCue said: "I know that the victims I'm representing spoke out very loudly against that rapprochement."
[I was, of course, aware of Mr McCue in the context of the campaign for compensation for victims of IRA attacks involving Libyan-supplied semtex. I was not aware that he represented any relatives of those killed at Lockerbie.]