EDINBURGH – memorial services in the Scottish town of Lockerbie to mark this week, with the attack of 30 years ago on a Pan Am jumbo jet which 270 people were killed.
The plane exploded on 21 december 1988 over Lockerbie during a flight from London to New York. All 259 people on board were killed. A further eleven people on the ground in their lives. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in Britain ever.
The Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was in 2001 convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment after he was found guilty was found to the attack. He would have worked with others who were never identified. Megrahi was later released because he was suffering with cancer.
In 2003 accepted the then Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, the responsibility of his country for the bombing and paid compensation to the families of the victims. He gave not personally command was given for the attack.