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Lockerbie Bomber Bids to Clear Name

Victims' relatives unimpressed with content of new website
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2009 3:36 PM CDT
Lockerbie Bomber Bids to Clear Name
Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, seen, in his room in Tripoli international hospital, Libya, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009.   (AP Photo/ Abdel Magid Al Fergany)

(Newser) – The Lockerbie bomber has launched a website that makes available documents from an appeal he mounted before being released for medical reasons, the Telegraph reports. Relatives of the passengers on Pan Am Flight 103 say Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's site contains nothing new: “It's a lobbying effort. It's almost as if he thinks that if he says it long enough it will become true," said the president of a group that represents victims' families.

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“If he wanted to prove his innocence, he should have kept his appeal going,” she added. Megrahi said in a statement that his release on compassionate grounds forced him to abandon his appeal, but Kenny MacAskill, the justice minister who authorized the Libyan’s release, has repeatedly said there was no such condition.
(Read more Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi stories.)

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