[This is the headline over a report by John Davison just published on the website of Exaro news agency. The following are excerpts:]
Families of some of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing are to apply for a fresh appeal against the only conviction for the terrorist attack.
One option under consideration is to launch a joint appeal with the family of the convicted man, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
Some victims’ relatives are liaising with members of his family in Libya, who are separately studying legal papers with the intention of mounting their own appeal to clear al-Megrahi’s name. (...)
Jim Swire, whose daughter, Flora, died aged 23 in the attack, told Exaro: “Since the 25th anniversary, we have realised that we are not going to get anywhere unless we take fairly brutal action against those who are obstructing us in obtaining the truth about the murder of our families.” (...)
Swire said: “One way or another there is going to be an application to the SCCRC in the near future for a further appeal.” (...)
But he saves his strongest criticism for Scotland’s legal system, speaking of “lies and denials” in response to previous attempts to question the official version of events at Lockerbie.
“I am incensed by the way people in Scotland have behaved over this,” he said.
He is keen to see the verdict overturned in court because, he said, the authorities had repeatedly used that conviction against campaigners.
“They say ‘We got one of the bastards,’” said Swire. “Oh no, you did not. You connived in a case that clearly was bolstered by false evidence. You owe us an explanation for that too.”
Swire has a reputation for steely determination, but has also been seen as almost mild-mannered. “There is a fairly belligerent kind of Swire this year,” he said.