[This is the headline over a report in today's edition of The Herald. It reads as follows:]
Campaigners for a public inquiry into the Lockerbie bombing have hailed the decision by Holyrood’s Petitions Committee to keep the issue alive.
It will now be passed to the Justice Committee, whose convener Christine Grahame is known to harbour doubts about the conviction of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi 11 years ago for his part in the December 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103, which killed 270 people.
Dr Jim Swire of the Justice for Megrahi campaign, who lost his daughter in the explosion, said after the Petitions Committee meeting: “This was a good day for us because the committee showed great enthusiasm for this. They commented on the persistence of those of us who have been pushing for this.”
Petitions Committee member, SNP MSP Bill Walker, said: “I am desperate that the truth of this whole matter should come out. The truth must come out and we must do everything in our power to help it come out.
“This should go to the Justice Committee. This terrible thing happened a long time ago now and we must get to the truth sooner rather than later.”
The petition, which was lodged by the group last year, calls on Holyrood to urge the Scottish Government to open an independent inquiry into the 2001 conviction.
[A vestigial report in The Scotsman can be read here.]