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Lord Advocate responds to Lockerbie claims

Following reports in today's press regarding claims in a documentary to be broadcast today that terrorists hired by Iran were responsible for the Lockerbie bombing, the following statement has now been issued by the Crown:

"There is nothing new in these claims and some of the accounts of the evidence reported are inaccurate.

"Mesbahi's claim that Iran was responsible was first reported in the media in the late 1990s and was available to the defence before the trial but they did not call him as a witness.

"The wider alleged involvement of the PFLP-GC has been repeatedly reported over many years but was addressed in full and rejected at the original trial.

"The only appropriate forum for the determination of guilt or innocence is the criminal court, and Mr Megrahi was convicted unanimously by three senior judges. His conviction was upheld unanimously by five judges, in an Appeal Court presided over by the Lord Justice General, Scotland’s most senior judge.

"As the investigation remains live, it would not be appropriate to offer further comment."