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  1. 23 Apr '17 21:44
    This thread follows up a discussion between me and Sh76 In the thread
    (now closed) "Canada Sets Free a Terrorist Bomber".

    I did not know that a criminal conviction can be appealed posthumously.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/23/abdelbaset-al-megrahis-family-to-appeal-lockerbie-bombing-conviction-libyan

    'Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's family to appeal Lockerbie conviction"

    "In 2001, Megrahi was found guilty of mass murder. He maintained his
    innocence until his death in 2012.
    He was sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in prison after a trial at
    Camp Zeist in the Netherlands. He lost his first appeal in 2002.

    He later applied to the SCCRC for a review of his conviction. After a
    £1.1m investigation, it found in June 2007 six grounds where it believed
    a miscarriage of justice may have occurred.

    In 2009, Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds after a diagnosis
    of terminal prostate cancer. He dropped the second attempt to overturn
    his conviction shortly before returning to Libya where he died three years later.

    Some of Lockerbie families believe Megrahi was rightly found guilty, and
    prosecutors at the Crown Office in Scotland insist they do not fear
    scrutiny of the conviction and would defend it rigorously.

    But other victims’ families, including some of the British relatives,
    believe he was wrongly convicted and that the truth about who
    murdered their loved ones remains elusive.
    This group – led by Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora died – attempted
    to pursue an appeal in 2015 on behalf of Megrahi."