Judge asked if Lockerbie families can appeal on behalf of Megrahi
Court will decide whether legal proceedings can continue without involvement of family of Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
A High Court judge has been asked if families of the victims of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing can launch an appeal on behalf of the only man convicted of the atrocity.
A petition was lodged last month by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) to ask the courts to make a ruling.
The court will decide whether legal proceedings can continue without the involvement of the family of Libyan Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
Megrahi, who died protesting his innocence in his home country in 2012, remains the only person convicted for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over the south of Scotland on December 21 1988. A total of 270 people were killed.
The SCCRC is considering a joint application from members of Megrahi's family and the Justice for Megrahi campaign group, which includes relatives of British victims of the bombing, to review the conviction.
Aamer Anwar, solicitor for the families, said: "It is the first time in the UK, as far as we can see, where families of the deceased victims have come together with the family of the deceased accused to pursue an appeal."
The SCCRC says that despite repeated requests, members of Megrahi's family have failed to provide "appropriate evidence" supporting their involvement in the application.
It has concluded that the application is being "actively supported" only by the members of the victims' families.
While previous court decisions have meant only the executor of a dead person's estate or their next of kin could proceed with such a posthumous application, the SCCRC wants to determine if a member of the victims' families might be classed as a "person with a legitimate interest to pursue an appeal" if the case is referred back to the High Court.
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