• UK, US, LIBYA CALL FOR JUSTICE OVER LOCKERBIE

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    A file picture taken in Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 22, 1988, shows damage caused by the explosion of Pan Am flight 103 that exploded killing all 259 people aboard. AFP PHOTO

    A file picture taken in Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 22, 1988, shows damage caused by the explosion of Pan Am flight 103 that exploded killing all 259 people aboard. AFP PHOTO

    LONDON: Britain, the United States and Libya issued a joint call on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) for justice over the Lockerbie bombing as services were held to mark the 25th anniversary of the attack, which claimed 270 lives.

    The three governments gave their “deepest condolences” to relatives of those who died when Pan Am Flight 103 blew up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie on December 21, 1988, en route from London to New York.

    All 259 people on board—most of them Americans heading home—were killed as well as 11 people on the ground.

    “We want all those responsible for this most brutal act of terrorism brought to justice, and to understand why it was committed,” the governments said in a statement.

    “We are committed to cooperate fully in order to reveal the full facts of the case.”

    Only one person has ever been convicted over the bombing—Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, who died last year still protesting his innocence.

    Scotland’s leader Alex Salmond was among the mourners laying wreaths on Sunday at Lockerbie’s Dryfesdale Cemetery, which houses a memorial to the victims.

    “On this 25-year anniversary, and as the country prepares once more to relive the harrowing events of that terrible night, it is important that we remember that the pain and suffering of the families and friends of those who died has endured since that winter night in 1988,” Salmond said.

    US Attorney General Eric Holder and Scottish officials attended a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington.

    “We will always remember the heartache, the devastation and the pain that was etched into our collective memory on the 21st of December, 1988,” Holder said.

    AFP

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