Lockerbie lawyers demand secret foreign evidence
A successful appeal would throw the case wide open after
nearly two decades. It is unclear how
The North African state has paid more than $2 billion to victims' families on the basis that its agent Megrahi was guilty, a move that has helped its international rehabilitation after long being regarded by the West as a pariah state.
The original trial was told the bomb was triggered by a
digital timer called an MST-13, manufactured by a Swiss firm. The court
accepted evidence from one of the firm's partners that he had supplied 20
sample MST-13s to
Some victims' relatives and observers of the case have questioned the evidence relating to the timer, which came from minute fragments discovered among the airliner's wreckage.
Swire has long believed the timer was not an MST-13 but a pressure-triggered device of a kind used by the Syrian- and Iranian-backed Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command (PFLP-GC), which fell under strong international suspicion in the immediate aftermath of Lockerbie.
He said the source of the missing document might be
Dr Jim Swire (firstname.lastname@example.org)