Time Served: 8 years
Convicted of: Murder
Date of conviction: 31/1/2001. Released on compassionate grounds in 20/8/2009
Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi was convicted of the Lockerbie bombing in 2001, and was released in 2009 on the grounds of ill health under the stipulation that he abandoned his appeal. The evidence with which Mr. Megrahi was convicted was highly dubious. Firstly, a key witness who identified Mr. Megrahi was paid $2 million to give evidence, which blatantly compromises their testimony. Secondly, the three forensic experts who identified a Libyan circuit board supposedly used in the bomb have serious questions hanging over both the given evidence and also their professional integrity. Two of the prosecution experts, Thomas Hayes and Alan Feraday had been involved in dubious evidence in the past to ensure a wrongful conviction, including in the Maguire Seven inquiry and the case of Danny McNamee. Thomas Thurman, the U.S expert and Alan Ferady are prohibited from giving evidence in US and UK courts respectively, and as such anything they put forward is suspect at best. Mr. Megrahi currently resides in Libya.