Friday, August 19, 2005

Lockerbie bomb verdict thrown into doubt


The USA and UK are now trying to be friends with Libya. Will this lead to the release of al Megrahi?

19 August 2005.

The conviction of the Lockerbie 'terror bomber' al Megrahi has again been thrown into doubt.

The reliability of a key witness, Alan Feraday, has been called into question.

In three separate cases men against whom Mr Feraday gave evidence have now had their convictions overturned.

After the first case, which took place seven years before the Lockerbie trial, the Lord Chief Justice said Mr Feraday should not be allowed to present himself as an expert in the field of electronics.

The latest case to be quashed happened just last month.

Papers about Mr Feraday's evidence have now been sent to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, which was investigating Megrahi's conviction.

During the trial, Mr Feraday, who is now said to have retired after 42 years experience in explosives, told the judges that he was in no doubt that a circuit board fragment found after the disaster was part of the detonator. The trial judges accepted his conclusion.

Dr Jim Swire, who led the campaign for justice after losing his daughter Flora in the bombing, said the revelation "undermines one's confidence" in Megrahi's life sentence.

He said: "I'm personally not satisfied of Mr Megrahi's guilt.

"I emerged [from the trial] riddled with doubts.

"This will of course augment them."

He added: "If one finds that three cases have been overturned, it rather undermines one's confidence."


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