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Court lets Libyan Lockerbie bomber drop appeal

Video by Oliver FARRY

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-21

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, has moved one step closer to being released from a British jail after Scotland's top court accepted a request to withdraw his appeal against conviction.

REUTERS - Scotland’s high court has accepted a request by Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, to drop an appeal against his conviction, a move that could hasten Megrahi’s release and return to Libya.

 

Lord Hamilton, Scotland’s most-senior judge, said he had agreed to Megrahi’s request to withdrawal his appeal, but said there were still legal hurdles to be negotiated before the appeal process could be completely dropped.

 

The court is expected to meet again in three weeks’ time to finalise the closing of the appeal process.

 

Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of plotting the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie in Scotland, killing all 259 people on board and 11 people on the ground. The Libyan, a former intelligence agent, was sentenced to 27 years in prison.
 

Date created : 2009-08-18

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