[This is the headline over a report on the Herald Scotland website. It reads as follows:]
Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi could face trial over the Lockerbie bombing, Scotland’s top law officer has claimed.
Only Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi was ever convicted, but Scotland’s new Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland, has said if the Crown Office obtains “sufficient, credible and reliable evidence of other people’s involvement in the atrocity, we will seek to prosecute them” and that he would lobby for any trial to take place in Scotland.
Former Libyan justice minister Mustafa Abdel-Jalil has claimed Gaddafi ordered the attack on Pan Am flight 103, killing 270 people, and that Megrahi had threatened to expose him unless his release from jail in Scotland was secured.
Mr Mulholland said: “There are opportunities arising from events in Libya and the Crown stands ready. We monitor closely events in Libya to see if anyone with information about the Lockerbie atrocity comes forth and we will act on that.”
He added that it would be “naive in the extreme” to think Megrahi acted alone.
Mr Mulholland said he had not discussed any possible trial location with American officials and his view that it should take place in Scotland puts him at odds with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who wants Gaddafi to appear before the International Criminal Court at the Hague.
A Labour Party spokesman said: “A realistic case should be built before any grandstanding from the Lord Advocate.”
Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora died in the bombing and who wants the verdict against Megrahi re-examined, cast doubt on the value of a trial held under Scots Law.
He said after the mishandling of evidence involving one of the key witnesses in the case, Maltese shopkeeper Tony Gauci, he did not think “Scottish justice should claim that it is valid to be used for a trial of anybody in this case”.
A Crown Office spokeswoman said: “Given the current events in Libya the Crown stands ready to investigate any new leads.”
A Conservative Party spokesman said: “Megrahi was convicted with others for the Lockerbie bombing and whoever those others are, they should not escape justice.”
[A similar report on The Scotsman website can be read here. Dr Jim Swire is quoted as follows:]
"In view of Scotland having tolerated knowledge, in the public domain for years, that there are very serious faults in the verdict against the one Libyan who was convicted of the atrocity, it would be extremely unwise to submit Colonel Gaddafi or anyone else to Scottish justice."