Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Parents of Lockerbie Victim Look to Clear Megrahi

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Parents of Lockerbie Victim Look to Clear Megrahi

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THE North East parents of a Lockerbie victim are involved in a campaign to have the only man convicted of the atrocity cleared.

Jean and Barrie Berkley, who lost son Alistair in the 1988 bombing, are among a number of UK relatives of victims who believe Abdelbaset al-Megrahi suffered a miscarriage of justice.

They - and relatives of Megrahi - have applied to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) to refer his case back to the High Court for a fresh appeal. However, the move has pitted UK families against their American counterparts, who have called it "disgraceful" and registered their opposition.

Megrahi, who died in 2012, remains the only person convicted over the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 on December 21, 1988, in which 270 people were killed.

Members of Megrahi's family and the Justice for Megrahi campaign group, which includes relatives of British victims, are seeking to review the conviction. Mrs and Mrs Berkley, 84 and 87 respectively and who live at Sandhoe, Hexham, are among the UK relatives to have signed the petition. …

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