[What follows is from an article headlined 2013’s top 10 issues published in the Maltese newspaper The Independent on 1 January:]
7 - Lockerbie anniversary
It may not be a strictly Maltese commemoration, but the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on 21 December 1988 that killed 270 people will always be inextricably tied to Malta. That is because the man found guilty of the heinous act, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, was found guilty of having loaded the bomb onto a feeder flight at Malta International Airport. Last week’s 25th anniversary of the tragedy, which many believe is still to be solved, was a poignant one, and new calls for fresh inquiries were made. Al-Megrahi, who died insisting in his innocence, had been granted an appeal by the Scottish authorities before being released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds. Al-Megrahi has since died but there are many that hope the real truth behind the atrocity has not died with him – and that Malta’s name will eventually be cleared.