25th anniversary of Lockerbie disaster marked

Saturday 21 December 2013 23.47
Lockerbie bombing remembered at services 25 years on
Lockerbie bombing remembered at services 25 years on

The 25th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing is being remembered when Pan Am flight 103 exploded over the Scottish town in 1988 killing 270 people.

Memorial services have been taking place in Lockerbie, London and in the United States, where most of the victims were from.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and Advocate General Lord Wallace attended a wreath-laying ceremony at Dryfesdale Cemetery in the Dumfries and Galloway town.

Pan Am flight 103 was en route from London to New York when a bomb on board detonated over southern Scotland on the evening of 21 December 1988 - killing everyone on board and 11 people on the ground. 

Mr Salmond said: “On this 25-year anniversary, and as the country prepares once more to relive the harrowing events of that terrible night, it is important that we remember that the pain and suffering of the families and friends of those who died has endured since that winter night in 1988.”

Only one man, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, was convicted of the bombing. He was found guilty in January 2001 and given a life sentence.

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008, leading to a decision to free him under compassionate release rules.

Megrahi died in the Libyan capital Tripoli in May last year.

Some of the British relatives are considering another appeal against the Megrahi conviction when they meet with lawyers in the New Year.

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