Lawyers Granted Extra Time for Megrahi’s Appeal
Lawyers of the Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing have been granted an extra six weeks to work on his appeal, said the BBC.online.
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi was found guilty of killing 270 people in the 1988 bomb attack on Pan Am airliner Flight 103.
However, shortly after his conviction, the legal team announced that he would seek to appeal.
A Scottish court official told the news service that "the lawyers have been granted an extension of six weeks from the 21st of March."
Al Megrahi was convicted on January 31 at a special Scottish Court in the Netherlands, which was set up for his trial and that of co-accused Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah.
Fhimah was found not guilty but Al Megrahi was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation by the court that he serve at least 20 years in jail.
Al Megrahi's legal team announced in February that he would appeal against the conviction and was given a statutory six weeks from that date in which to provide full written reasons for the appeal.
Al Megrahi maintained his innocence throughout the duration of the trial.
His lawyers insisted that he had nothing to do with the atrocity and said it was carried out by Palestinian terrorists.
Meanwhile, Libya's UN envoy said on Monday he believed Britain and the United States were acting in good faith in talks aimed at spelling out how Tripoli can end UN sanctions imposed after the Lockerbie incident, reported The Associated Press.
"Every day, we do understand each other much better," Libyan ambassador Abuzed Omar Dorda said after his latest meeting with US ambassador James Cunningham and British ambassador Jeremy Greenstock on Lockerbie.
The two envoys were acting in "very good faith," Dorda said in response to a reporter's question.
"Knowing each other leads to the necessary confidence," AP quoted him as saying.
The three have met twice since the court ruling, said the agency – Albawaba.com
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