Lockerbie Timeline

  • December 2008 – Pan Am flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, killing 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 on the ground
  • November 1991 – Libyan nationals Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi and al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah are accused of 270 counts of murder
  • January 2001 – After a trial at Camp Zeist, a neutral court set up in the Netherlands, Fhimah is acquitted. Al-Megrahi is found guilty and sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in a Scottish prison
  • February 2001 – Al-Megrahi launches his appeal
  • March 2002 – The appeal is thrown out
  • September 2003 – Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) are charged to investigate a possible miscarriage of justice in Al-Megrahi’s conviction
  • June 2007 – SCCRC grant Al-Megrahi a second appeal after finding 6 reasons why there may have been a miscarriage of justice
  • October 2008 – Jim Swire, father of a victim of the Lockerbie bombing calls for the infirm Al-Megrahi to be released after he is diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • August 2009 – Al-Megrahi drops his second appeal
  • September 2009 – Al-Megrahi is released on compassionate grounds, doctors says he has just months to live and is flown back to Libya. Justice minister, Kenny MacAskill, faces questions over his decision
  • February 2012 – Despite doctors concerns, Al-Megrahi remains alive and maintains his innocence


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