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Push for public inquiry into Lockerbie bomber affair

US senators who want a hearing into the Lockerbie bomber's release were urged to sign a letter asking the Scottish Government to hold its own public inquiry into the tragedy, it has emerged.

The Justice for Megrahi Committee, campaigners who believe Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi may have been the victim of a miscarriage of justice, wants Holyrood ministers to launch a probe into the affair.

It already petitioned the UN General Assembly for an inquiry into the bombing of Pan-Am flight 103 in 1988 which killed 270 people, as well as the trial at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands which saw the Libyan convicted.

The group invited US Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, John Kerry, Frank Lautenberg, Robert Menendez and Charles Schumer to sign the letter sent to the Scottish Government just over a week ago.

Senator Menendez, a Democrat, was due to chair the US Senate Foreign Committee hearing into the release of Al Megrahi.

It was postponed after key witnesses including former Justice Secretary Jack Straw, Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and First Minister Alex Salmond turned down requests to attend.

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