Almost one year on from Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Al Megrahi’s early release on compassionate grounds, STV is this evening to air a special programme on the disaster and the international investigation which led to the Libyan being convicted of the murder of 270 people.
The Lockerbie Bomber: Sent Home to Die – being transmitted at 9pm this evening – also reports outrage in the US over the Scottish Government’s controversial decision to allow Megrahi to return home to Libya to die.
The bombing of Pan Am 103 was the deadliest terrorist attack on US citizens until 9-11. Many of the 189 Americans who died were students heading home for Christmas after studying in Britain. It remains the worst mass murder in British legal history.
Narrated by Kaye Adams, one of the first reporters at the scene, thie programme speaks to key people involved and charts the story of the Lockerbie disaster from that horrific night on 21 December 1988, through to the Scottish Government’s decision to release Megrahi on compassionate grounds in August last year.
The programme features rarely-seen archive news footage and new interviews with the relatives of the victims, Scottish and American detectives who led the investigation and cancer specialists who examined Megrahi prior to his release, and Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill who defends his controversial decision.