Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Dr Jim Swire’s first meeting with Megrahi

[On this date in 2005, Dr Jim Swire had his first meeting with Abdelbaset Megrahi in Greenock Prison. A report in The Scotsman two days later reads as follows:]

A leading figure in the group representing British victims of the Lockerbie bombing has met the man convicted of the bombing for the first time.

Dr Jim Swire, 69, who lost his 24-year-old daughter Flora in the 1988 bombing, met Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi at Greenock Prison on Wednesday.
The Gloucestershire-based leader of the campaign group UK Families Flight 103 (UKF103) does not believe the Libyan is responsible for the attack.
Last night Dr Swire said the purpose of the meeting was to ask Megrahi whether he would still press for the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) to continue its review of his case if rumours of his repatriation proved to be correct.
"Megrahi was happy for me to make it known that he is determined to pursue a review of the case, no matter what might evolve concerning his future detention.
"It is very important to the members of UKF103 campaign group that there be a full review of the entire Lockerbie scenario through an appropriately empowered and independent inquiry, but absence of a further review of the court case would also damage our search for truth and justice."
Dr Swire said that even if Megrahi did not continue with his appeal bid, the campaign group would press the SCCRC to review the case as interested parties.

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