[What follows is the text of an article headlined Evidence plea to Lockerbie inquiry that was published on the website of The Journal on this date in 2006:]
The father of one of the Lockerbie bomb victims yesterday urged investigators to consider new evidence which could help clear the man convicted of the atrocity.
Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi was jailed for 27 years following the 1988 disaster, when 270 people died as an American passenger plane blew up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie.
An appeal ... is due to be heard towards the end of the year. [RB: The appeal did not in fact start until 28 April 2009.]
A previous appeal against the conviction was refused in 2002.
The new development in the case comes with the publication of a book by a British diplomat's wife, journalist and author Brigid Keenan.
Ms Keenan and her husband Alan Waddams are said to have had dinner with an ex-Interpol agent during which the agent claimed the bombing was carried out to avenge the downing of an Iranian civilian airliner by the US five months earlier.
He alleged that the bombers knew the plane's cargo would go unchecked because of a drug smuggling agreement between the US and a terror group linked to Lebanon.
Dr Jim Swire, who lost his daughter, Flora, in the disaster, said he has written to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission to alert them to the alleged meeting in Gambia.
[RB: Further details about the Brigid Keenan story can be found on this blog here.]