Inquiry hope for Lockerbie victim's father

TRUTH: Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora died in the Lockerbie bombing.

KILLED: Dr Swire’s daughter Flora, who was only 23.

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A CHIPPING Campden man whose daughter died in the 1988 Lockerbie terrorist attack may finally get to the truth over who committed the atrocity after enlisting the help of a campaign lawyer.

Doctor Jim Swire’s beloved 23-year-old daughter, Flora, was among 270 people murdered when terrorists blew up an airliner above the Scottish town of Lockerbie after the it had taken off from London’s Heathrow Airport.

Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, who died two years ago from prostate cancer, was the only person convicted for the atrocity.

He was released from a Scottish prison in August 2009 on compassionate grounds after serving nearly eight years of a 27-year sentence.

But now 22 Lockerbie victims’ relatives and the Megrahi family are calling for a fresh inquiry into the case because they say Megrahi waspressured into dropping an earlier appeal.

Dr Swire, who has spent more than two decades trying to uncover the truth about what happened, said they were working with laywer Aamer Anwar to persuade the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) to review the evidence.

“This guy is a campaign solicitor who really wants to solve this case,” the 78-yearold said. “We want to continue to review the evidence that exists against him.

“All of us found this guilty verdict a powerful weapon used by the government of England and Scotland in terms of trying to prevent us from getting to the truth about who murdered our loved ones.

“That is something that remains wholly unacceptable. I want to get to the truth about who murdered Flora and all the other people need to see my friend’s name cleared.”

Dr Swire said after getting to know Megrahi and his family when he realised he was not guilty, he owed it to his friend to clear his name.

“He’s become my friend over the years, because I was able to talk to him I know he wasn’t guilty at all,” he said.

“He and his family have been increasingly my concern although he himself is now dead, poor chap, and died without being able to see the verdict overturned.

“He pleaded the last time I met him in 2011 in Tripoli - I would continue to try and overturn the verdicts after he was gone.”

Dr Swire added he was confident the SCCRC would look at the case again.

“The evidence is now so overwhelming provided we can get it brought before the court, I think that will happen,”he said.

The news of the fresh appeal was revealed at a press conference in Glasgow last week.

“We have an excellent advocate in this guy who knows how to fight his corner," said Dr Swire. 

"We have the right under European Human Rights legislation to know the truth about who murdered our loved ones and we intend to enforce that right.

“What matters in the long run is that truth does come out.”

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11:25pm Mon 16 Jun 14

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For twenty five years I have read hundreds of articles similar to this and while ever there are words like ‘Terrorist Attack’, ‘Atrocity’, or ‘Bomb’ are used the only thing that is achieved is the real truth is being kept out of the public domain and the authorities are able to continue with their massive cover-up and lies. The media has produced a monster what gets publicity whenever that media decides to use the tool to promote further untruths. I might be accused by many people of being the biggest nutter or whatever name you wish to call me because of my views, but one thing I cannot be accused of, that being I have never assisted in causing the death of anyone. The continual mention of the PA103 being sabotaged by some method is only assisting in prolonging the cover-up and so placing further innocent people’s lives at risk. Of course Megrahi was innocent, but I bet I’m not far wrong when I reckon the stress he was under helped him to his early death. Every published bulletin similar to yours just places more innocent people’s lives in jeopardy, because they are kept totally unaware of what is going on and the risk involved. Regardless of how daunting the truth is, they have every right to be informed. ‘Innocence is not bliss’ in a situation like this, it is a criminal act by the authorities to keep people in that state of mind and so protect the same authorities from having to account for some very bad and criminal decisions. I cannot say it too often, prolonging the cover-up of the truth is daily putting more innocent people at risk because they are not allowed to make up their own minds of how to conduct their lives, they are totally uninformed. The people on Air India 182 and many thousands of similar disasters since including possibly the people in the latest MH370 also entered their flight in this same state of mind of unaware innocence. It is also blatantly obvious the authorities diverted the MH370 search area off course because they know full well what has happened and the monster does not want to see that there could well be a connected cause of these previous disasters with the PA103. People only see what they wish to see and readily soak up any information that suits them rather than acknowledge the only actual facts we truly know about the matter. Bob Dylan said it all in his song ‘How many times must a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see?’ These facts are that apart from the authorities, the ordinary people do not have any idea what caused the PA103 incident. There has never been any claim by anyone or group for responsibility and its far too late now for any such credible claim. No one has ever asked the most important question ‘Why would any group or person do the deed and then keep quiet?’ Had it have been truly an act of sabotage, the perpetrators’ would have been shouting their glory from day one at carrying out such a successful act. I have never ever received any financial gain from this whole affair, only stress and expense from my own pocket. All I have ever asked for have been fresh non orchestrated investigations by a truly independent body. I would also demand investigations into what I witnessed from the very beginning and if it was genuinely proved that this did not cause the disaster, I would then accept the findings, but not without thorough, pure investigations. Why was I barred from the courtroom and why have I been virtually gagged for twenty five years? JOHN HALL
For twenty five years I have read hundreds of articles similar to this and while ever there are words like ‘Terrorist Attack’, ‘Atrocity’, or ‘Bomb’ are used the only thing that is achieved is the real truth is being kept out of the public domain and the authorities are able to continue with their massive cover-up and lies. The media has produced a monster what gets publicity whenever that media decides to use the tool to promote further untruths. I might be accused by many people of being the biggest nutter or whatever name you wish to call me because of my views, but one thing I cannot be accused of, that being I have never assisted in causing the death of anyone. The continual mention of the PA103 being sabotaged by some method is only assisting in prolonging the cover-up and so placing further innocent people’s lives at risk. Of course Megrahi was innocent, but I bet I’m not far wrong when I reckon the stress he was under helped him to his early death. Every published bulletin similar to yours just places more innocent people’s lives in jeopardy, because they are kept totally unaware of what is going on and the risk involved. Regardless of how daunting the truth is, they have every right to be informed. ‘Innocence is not bliss’ in a situation like this, it is a criminal act by the authorities to keep people in that state of mind and so protect the same authorities from having to account for some very bad and criminal decisions. I cannot say it too often, prolonging the cover-up of the truth is daily putting more innocent people at risk because they are not allowed to make up their own minds of how to conduct their lives, they are totally uninformed. The people on Air India 182 and many thousands of similar disasters since including possibly the people in the latest MH370 also entered their flight in this same state of mind of unaware innocence. It is also blatantly obvious the authorities diverted the MH370 search area off course because they know full well what has happened and the monster does not want to see that there could well be a connected cause of these previous disasters with the PA103. People only see what they wish to see and readily soak up any information that suits them rather than acknowledge the only actual facts we truly know about the matter. Bob Dylan said it all in his song ‘How many times must a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see?’ These facts are that apart from the authorities, the ordinary people do not have any idea what caused the PA103 incident. There has never been any claim by anyone or group for responsibility and its far too late now for any such credible claim. No one has ever asked the most important question ‘Why would any group or person do the deed and then keep quiet?’ Had it have been truly an act of sabotage, the perpetrators’ would have been shouting their glory from day one at carrying out such a successful act. I have never ever received any financial gain from this whole affair, only stress and expense from my own pocket. All I have ever asked for have been fresh non orchestrated investigations by a truly independent body. I would also demand investigations into what I witnessed from the very beginning and if it was genuinely proved that this did not cause the disaster, I would then accept the findings, but not without thorough, pure investigations. Why was I barred from the courtroom and why have I been virtually gagged for twenty five years? JOHN HALL RAISDEBRIS
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