As appeal is denied at Lockerbie trial Annan voices hope for closure

“The Lockerbie trial understandably has been followed with great interest, and has caused anguish to many,” a spokesperson for Mr. Annan said in a statement released today at UN Headquarters in New York. “The families of the victims have been suffering ever since this tragic event, and the Secretary-General shares their sorrow.” Earlier today, the appeals court in Camp Zeist dismissed the motion by Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi, convicted last year for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, which resulted in the death of 270 people. The spokesman noted that as agreed with all the parties concerned, the United Nations Secretariat would now work with the British authorities to monitor the conditions of Mr. Al-Megrahi’s imprisonment in Scotland. read more