Many were complicit in what amounted to a show trial and their careers continue to flourish.* But there were also those who swam against the tide of managed conformity. Al-Megrahi speaks well of his treatment by many individuals in the Scottish police and prison services, of families who wanted to know what really happened to their murdered relatives,** of lawyers who battled the legal, political and intelligence establishments of the US and UK.***
The Scottish legal journal The Firm has kept constant vigil on Lockerbie. Its two-part archive is invaluable to those wishing to know more.**** Al-Jazeera has produced some good material, too, and the links to that are available through Ashton’s website.***** And there a few journalists and politicians who emerge with credit for taking an independent approach to Lockerbie when career considerations might well have taken them into less controversial areas.
Yet overall the al-Megrahi story is a disgraceful one: the compounding of the grief of the Lockerbie bereaved by a corrupting, state-organised deception that identifies the wrong person as the cause of their anguish. It is a story told well here by a determined researcher and the man jailed for something he did not do.
The last words for now are those of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi:
‘It is ironic that three of Scotland’s best legal minds believed me to be guilty, yet the ordinary Scots who got to know me believed I was innocent. To them, and to all the others who have shown me kindness over the past decade, I offer my heartfelt thanks. Almost certainly I will die with the weight of my conviction still on my shoulders. My conscience, however, will be clear, and until my last breath I shall pray that the real stories of Lockerbie will one day be known to all.’
* A recent example is reported at