Lockerbie bomber's relatives try to clear his name

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LOCKERBIE, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 21, 1988: (FILE PHOTO) Officials inspect the wreckage of Pan Am flight 103 December 21, 1988 in Lockerbie, Scotland. Convicted terrorist Abdelbaset ali al-Megrahi, has been serving a life sentence for the 1988 Pan-AM flight 103 Lockerbie bombing, which killed 270 people. Megrahi, who is terminally ill with prostate cancer has served eight years of a life sentence, and following the decision today, August 20, 2009 has been released on compassionate grounds to go home to spend his remaining days with his family in Libya.(Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
December 1988: Some of the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 after it crashed onto the town of Lockerbie in Scotland, on 21st December 1988. The Boeing 747 'Clipper Maid of the Seas' was destroyed en route from Heathrow to JFK Airport in New York, when a bomb was detonated in its forward cargo hold. All 259 people on board were killed, as well as 11 people in the town of Lockerbie. (Photo by Bryn Colton/Getty Images)
Freed Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi (C-L) arrives with Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam (C-R) in Tripoli late on August 20, 2009. The terminally ill Libyan convicted over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing flew home from Scotland to a joyous reception after being freed on compassionate grounds despite fierce US opposition. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam (R) holds hands with freed Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, the sole Libyan convicted over the 1988 Pan Am jetliner bombing, aboard the Libyan presidential plane that brought him back home in Tripoli late on August 20, 2009. The Libyan leader met in late on August 21 with Megrahi, who is suffering from terminal prostate cancer, amid mounting Western outrage over the hero's welcome he received upon his return. According to local media, Seif al-Islam said Megrahi's release from a Scottish prison was linked to trade deals with Britain, allegations which were swiftly denied by London. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
A memorial stone in memory of victims of Pan-Am flight 103 is pictured in a garden of remembrance near the village of Lockerbie in southwest Scotland on November 5, 2008. Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet Al Megrahi, who was convicted and given a life sentence for the bombing of flight 103, has been granted a legal hearing to consider whether he should be released on bail pending the outcome of his appeal scheduled for Thursday November 6, in Edinburgh. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 21: Candles burn for the victims of the Lockerbie bombing during a service of remembrance to mark the 25th anniversary of the Lockerbie air disaster at Westminster Abbey on December 21, 2013 in London, England. Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie on December 21, 1988, killing all those on board and a further eleven on the ground. (Photo by Luke MacGregor - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - DECEMBER 21: A bouquet of Scottish heather left at the base of a cairn during a remembrance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery December 21, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. 243 passengers, 16 crew members, and 11 people on the ground perished when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
FARNBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 15: (FILE PHOTO) The reconstructed remains of Pan Am flight 103 lie in a warehouse on January 15, 2008 in Farnborough, England. Convicted terrorist Abdelbaset ali al-Megrahi, has been serving a life sentence for the 1988 Pan-AM flight 103 Lockerbie bombing, which killed 270 people. Megrahi, who is terminally ill with prostate cancer has served eight years of a life sentence, and following the decision today, August 20, 2009 has been released on compassionate grounds to go home to spend his remaining days with his family in Libya. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
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FILE In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 file photo Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing but recently released from his Scottish prison on compassionate grounds, is seen below a portrait of Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi, as he is visited by a group of African parliamentarians, not pictured, at Tripoli Medical Center in Tripoli, Libya. Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer who was the only person ever convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, died Sunday May 20, 2012 nearly three years after he was released from a Scottish prison to the outrage of the relatives of the attack's 270 victims. He was 60. (AP Photo/Abdel Magid Al Fergany, File)
FILE - This Dec. 22, 1988 file photo shows police and investigators look at what remains of the flight deck of Pan Am 103 on a field in Lockerbie, Scotland. Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi the only man ever convicted in the bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, was due to learn Thursday Aug. 20. 2009,whether he will be freed on compassionate grounds and allowed to return to Libya or die in a British prison. (AP Photo/File)
A great gouge of earth and the wrecked houses of the village of Lockerbie, Thursday, December 23, 1988 show the path of the crashing Pan American Boeing 747 airliner. The plane crashed Wednesday night, killing all 258 poeple on board, and an unknown number on the ground. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)
FILE - In this Dec 22, 1988 file photo Police and investigators look at what remains of the flight deck of Pan Am 103 on a field in Lockerbie, Scotland. Swedish tabloid Expressen said Wednesday Feb. 23, 2011 that Libya's recently resigned justice minister claims Moammar Gadhafi personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people in 1988. Expressen quotes Mustafa Abdel-Jalil as telling their correspondent in Libya that "I have proof that Gadhafi gave the order about Lockerbie." The comments were translated from Arabic to Swedish. (AP Photo/File)
FILE--Unidentified crash investigators inspect the nose section of the crashed PanAm flight 103, a Boeing 747 airliner in a field near Lockerbie, Scotland, Dec.23, 1988. The plane crashed two days before, killing more than 270 people. In the wake of this crash and others that followed plane manufactures and the federal goverment are developing technologies that would allow planes to continue to function after terrorist attacks and equipment malfunction. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin/Stf)
** FILE ** Police and investigators look at what remains of the flight deck of Pan Am 103 on a field in Lockerbie, Scotland, in this 1988 file photo. The only person convicted of carrying out Britain's worst terrorist attack the 1988 bombing of a Pan American plane over Lockerbie, Scotland is due to learn this week whether he can make a legal bid for freedom. The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission was to release a report Thursday June 28, 2007, on the conviction of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence agent serving a life sentence for the bombing. (AP Photo/File)
Two police officers view the shell of a wrecked house in the centre of Lockerbie Thursday, December 23, 1988. The house was destroyed by debris falling from the Pan American Boeing 747 airliner which crashed Wednesday night, killing 258 poeple aboard, and others on the ground. (AP-Photo/Dave Caulkin)
Kathe Paniel, second from right, and her daughter Erin, of New Jersey, leave the Federal Court House in Brooklyn, New York City, Monday, April 28, 1992, with other relatives of the victims of Pan Am Flight 103. Opening statements began on Monday at the trial to decide a lawsuit filed by the families of the more than 200 people killed when a terrorist bomb blew the Boeing 747 out of the sky over Lockerble, Scotland in 1988. (AP Photo/Andrew Savulich)
Clinton âBudâ Coddington, a lawyer for Pan Am, leaves the Federal Court House in Brooklyn, New York City, Monday, April 28, 1992. The families bomb over Lockerbie, Scotland in December of 1988 have filed suit against Pam Am, accusing the airline of shoddy security. (AP Photo/Andrew Savulich)
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2009 file photo, Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, gestures on his arrival at an airport in Tripoli, Libya. Al-Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds from a Scottish prison in August 2009, and allowed to return home to Libya, where a year later he continues to be treated for prostate cancer, although the cancer expert Prof. Karol Sikora, who said al-Megrahi had only three months to live before his release from prison is quoted in news reports Sunday Aug. 15, 2010, as saying he should have been more cautious about the prisoner's chances of survival.(AP Photo/File)
FILE - This is an undated file photo, issued by the Crown Office, of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the Libyan man found guilty of the Lockerbie bombing. (AP Photo/Crown Copyright) ** EDITORIAL USE ONLY ** (AP Photo/ Crown Office, File )
FILE This Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 file photo shows Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, center, being helped down the airplane steps on his arrival at an airport in Tripoli, Libya. Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer who was the only person ever convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, died Sunday May 20, 2012 nearly three years after he was released from a Scottish prison to the outrage of the relatives of the attack's 270 victims. He was 60. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2009 file photo, Libyans surround the convoy of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, as they hold posters showing his image and Scottish flags upon his arrival at an airport in Tripoli, Libya. A year after Scotland's release of the terminally ill Lockerbie bomber from prison caused an uproar, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi is still stirring outrage simply by surviving. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
FILE This Thursday Aug. 20, 2009 file photo shows Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi holding his prisoner release papers as he walks up stairs to board an airplane at Glasgow International Airport, Glasgow, Scotland bound for Tripoli, after he was released on compassionate grounds by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer who was the only person ever convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, died Sunday May 20, 2012 nearly three years after he was released from a Scottish prison to the outrage of the relatives of the attack's 270 victims. He was 60.(AP Photo/Danny Lawson/Pool)
FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 file photo, Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, left, who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, and son of the Libyan leader Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, gesture on his arrival at an airport in Tripoli, Libya following his release from a Scottish prison. Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer who was the only person ever convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, died Sunday May 20, 2012 nearly three years after he was released from a Scottish prison to the outrage of the relatives of the attack's 270 victims. He was 60. (AP Photo, File)
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LONDON (AP) - Relatives of the only person convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie are making a fresh effort to clear his name.

The family of former Libyan intelligence agent Abdel Baset al-Megrahi is joining with relatives of some of the bombing victims to appeal for a new investigation. The attack killed 270 people, many of them Americans.

The relatives told reporters in Glasgow on Thursday that they are lodging an application with the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, the organization that reviews alleged miscarriages of justice.

Al-Megrahi died two years ago after being released from prison on compassionate grounds. Though he had protested his innocence, he had dropped an appeal in order to be eligible for release.

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