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Members of the "Justice for
Megrahi" campaign group are to attend the premiere
of a new drama about Lockerbie next week in Falkirk.
The bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Dumfriesshire
town in December 1988 killed 270 people and was the
worst terrorist atrocity in the UK.
Now the appalling tragedy is being brought to the stage
in a new work entitled "The Lockerbie Bomber".
The drama, written by Alan Clark and performed by Tryst
Theatre, is dedicated to the memory of the victims of
Lockerbie and their families.
Founded in November 2008, the "Justice for Megrahi"
campaign maintains that, on the basis of evidence laid
by the Crown before the three judges of the High Court
of Justiciary at Kamp van Zeist in the Netherlands,
the conviction of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi for
the 1988 bombing was a miscarriage of justice. Its main
objective is to campaign to have Mr al-Megrahi’s
Iain McKie, a member of "Justice for Megrahi",
said: “It is appropriate this new play is written
by a Scot and is being premiered in Scotland because
it is our justice system that has been indelibly stained
by the atrocity known across the world as ‘Lockerbie’.
It is the responsibility of the Scottish people and
our government to ensure that the search for the truth
The play, described as a mixture of fact, fiction and
dramatic license, is set in the present day and looks
at the Lockerbie bombing from three different perspectives
– the victims’ families, journalists investigating
the case, and the UK and US security services engaged
in covering up what happened.
Alan Clark said: “I understand some members of
the group have been intrigued by the synopsis of the
play and have decided to see it for themselves. My hope
is that it makes compelling theatre, further cements
Lockerbie in the public conscience and allows audiences
to reach their own conclusions about what happened that
“Like many Scots, I believe Mr Al Megrahi, the
so-called “Lockerbie Bomber”, is a scapegoat,
hence the ironic italics around the title of the play.
But the intriguing question is surely this: if he is
indeed a scapegoat, who in Scotland allowed that to
happen? And why?
“As one of the characters in the play says: “A
few people, high up in the US and UK Governments, know
exactly what happened, but they’re never going
to tell us.””
“The Lockerbie Bomber”
will be staged in Falkirk Town Hall, Falkirk, on Saturday
May 26 at 8pm. Tickets, £7 and £5 (concessions)
are available from the The Falkirk Steeple Box Office
on 01324 506850, the Tryst Theatre Box Office on 01324
715886 or at the door on the night.