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Lockerbie probe request to Libya

A formal request has been sent to the Libyan Government requesting access to the country for police and prosecutors involved in the Lockerbie bombing investigation, the Crown Office said.

The investigators hope to examine information and documents relating to lines of inquiry.

The Libyan National Transitional Council has previously confirmed to the UK Government that it will assist the ongoing criminal investigation, and agreed to allow officers from Dumfries and Galloway Police to travel to Libya.

A total of 270 people were killed when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie on December 21 1988.

Abdelbaset al Megrahi is the only man to have been convicted of the atrocity and he was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2001.

He was released on compassionate grounds in August 2009 after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and returned to Libya.

Scotland's top law officer the Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, and the Chief Constable of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, Pat Shearer, met UK families of the Lockerbie victims in London to update them on the development.

Scottish prosecutors and Scottish and US law enforcement representatives also attended the meeting.

The Crown Office said that as it remains a joint investigation, both Scottish and US investigators were "heavily involved" in preparing the request.

A further meeting with other UK families is scheduled to take place in the near future in Glasgow.

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