[What follows is a recommendation written by Dr Jim Swire for the play Lockerbie: Lost Voices to be performed on the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe (August 2 - 26, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Venue 30a) by The Elements World Theatre:]
270 voices were stilled forever that dreadful night before Christmas over Lockerbie town. To those who have failed us it may seem that the voices of some of us who are left are heard too often, but the rights of relatives to know the truth, and the rights of Scottish people to a transparent and fair criminal justice system demand that they now be heard almost a quarter of a century later.
At the trial of the two Libyan suspects the prosecution claimed the bomb had come from Megrahi's hand in Malta, using a Libyan timer, and they had a fragment of such a timer to show the court that this was true.
The defence claimed that a Syrian made bomb, triggered by falling air pressure in flight and having an unalterable flight time of 30-45 minutes was used: that was what dictated the strange short flight time of 38 minutes. It could not be flown in from Malta since it would have exploded long before reaching Heathrow. But with the evidence heard in court and with smart footwork by the prosecution they couldn't persuade the court that their Syrian device had been put aboard at Heathrow.
Only after the verdict did it emerge that the prosecution's timer fragment was bogus.
Only after the verdict did we discover that Heathrow had been broken into before the bombing, close to where the bomb was loaded, which the Crown Office had known all along but concealed from the court. Such a trial with such illegal concealment of such critical evidence could never have been fair.
Since the verdict, for over a decade, the voices of the relatives of the dead have been muffled by the stifling hand of the Crown Office and our SNP Government.
For the sake of those who died and for the right of all our citizens to a fair justice system those lost and stifled voices of Lockerbie must now be heard.