Lord Advocate: We will redouble Lockerbie efforts
In an interview with STV, Frank Mulholland QC said he wants Scottish detectives to travel to Libya early next year.
Scotland's top law officer is hoping Scottish detectives will be allowed to travel to Libya to investigate the Lockerbie bombing "as early as possible" in the New Year.
The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC is in the United States to attend a memorial service for American victims of the atrocity at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
The ceremony is expected to be addressed by Libya's Ambassador to the United States, Ali Aujali. It's the first time a representative of the Libyan Government has attended an event commemorating the murder of 270 people on December 21, 1988.
In an exclusive interview with STV News, the Lord Advocate welcomed Mr Aujali's decision to attend the service.
"The Lockerbie trial held that the bombing was an act of state sponsored terrorism and that Megrahi did not act alone," said Mr Mulholland. "We want to bring the others that acted with him to justice.
"So I very much welcome the attendance of the new Libyan ambassador at the ceremony, I think that’s a very positive sign. And I also welcome the statements by the new Libyan government that they are happy to co-operate with law enforcement officers from Scotland and the US."
Asked when Scottish detectives might travel to Libya, he replied: "Hopefully in the New Year, as early as possible. Steps are in place to gain access through normal international protocols, setting out what evidence we’re particularly interested in. We hope to have that with the new Libyan government as quickly as possible.
"Essentially they'll follow the evidence. Megrahi himself worked for the Libyan security service. And I’m sure that there is evidence in Libya which will give the families the answers they seek as to the involvement of others.
"I think it’s very important. What we have is a window of opportunity with the new Libyan government and we should exploit that and redouble our efforts.
"That was the reason I yesterday met with the Attorney General and the Director of the FBI and I was very pleased that they completely agreed.
"Part of the process will be to find out who’s available, who’s alive, where they are and what the evidence is against them."
All 259 passengers and crew on board Pan Am 103 were killed after a bomb exploded in its forward hold at 30,000 feet. Another 11 people died when the wreckage rained down on Lockerbie.
Abdelbasset Al-Megrahi was jailed for life after standing trial at a specially convened Scottish Court in the Netherlands. He lost a first appeal but was granted a second after the Scottish Criminal Cases Rewiew Commission ruled he may have been the victim of a miscarriage of justice.
Suffering from terminal cancer, the Libyan abandoned the second appeal shortly before he was released on compassionate grounds by the Scottish Government in August 2009.
Megrahi is still alive, more than two years later. He has always denied any involvement in the bombing.