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Lockerbie

(lŏk`ərbē), village (1991 pop. 3,892), Dumfries and Galloway, S Scotland, site of a 1988 airplane crash. On Dec. 21, 1988, a New York–bound Pan Am Boeing 747 exploded in flight as a result of a terrorist bomb and crashed in and around Lockerbie. The crash killed all 259 people aboard and 11 on the ground. In Nov., 1991, the U.S. Dept. of Justice indicted two Libyan intelligence agents for the bombing; Libya was also implicated in the similar 1989 bombing of a French UTA DC-10 over Niger in which 170 people died. After the imposition (1992) of economic sanctions by the United Nations and long negotiations, Libya turned the suspects over in 1999, and they were sent to the Netherlands for trial (under Scottish law). After a nine-month trial, one of the two defendants was found guilty (2001) and sentenced to life imprisonment; the other was acquitted. In 2003, after Libya acknowledged involvement in the Lockerbie bombing and agreed to settlements with the families of the victims of the two bombings, the UN Security Council lifted its sanctions. A Scottish judicial review board, however, ruled in 2007 that the convicted defendant, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, had legitimate grounds for a new appeal based on new evidence and questionable testimony at the trial. Megrahi, terminally ill with cancer, began a new appeal in 2009 but subsequently withdrew it and was released on compassionate grounds; he died in 2012.

Bibliography

See A. Gerson and J. Adler, The Price of Terror (2001).

Lockerbie

a town in SW Scotland, in Dumfries and Galloway: scene (1988) of the UK's worst air disaster when a jumbo jet was brought down by a terrorist bomb, killing 270 people, including eleven residents of the town
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The remembrance areas include Dryfesdale Lodge Visitors' Centre, Lockerbie Town Hall and Tundergarth Church.
A wreath will be laid at the Dryfesdale Cemetery at 2pm and there will be evening services at Tundergarth and Dryfesdale churches.
There will be a commemorative wreath laying in Lockerbie and an evening vigil will take place in the village of Tundergarth, where the nose section of the plane crashed down.
Blue Texel Judge: Mr H Currie, Carlisle Champion: R & S Dodd, Holmhead Farm, Moss Road, Mouswald Reserve Champion: Mr K Watret, Maulcastle, Cummertrees Tup - 1 Nikki Smith, Low Arkland, Kelton, Rhonehouse; 2 Ali Dodd, Tundergarth Mains, Tundergarth; 3 Messers J & A Gargett, 2 Wayside Cottage, Ainstable.
Services were held at the Tundergarth and Dryfesdale churches marking the disaster which happened shortly after 7pm.
At the same time, a vigil was being held at Tundergarth Kirk, four miles away, where the jet's nosecone fell to the ground.
Members of the congregation attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance in Tundergarth to mark the 20th anniversary of the Lockerbie air disaster.
Councillor Lavinia Vaughan, whose ward of Tundergarth includes the area where the plane's nose cone fell, said the story was not at an end.
Tundergarth village kirk faced closure after a survey found it needed more than pounds 50,000 in repairs and its 73-member congregation could raise only pounds 23,750.
Mrs Fiona Thomson has recently joined Tundergarth Primary as principal teacher.
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The couple, who live at nearby Bankshill, help at Tundergarth church, outside Lockerbie, where a memorial room pays tribute to the dead of PanAm flight 103.