Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the only man convicted of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988 was buried today after dying of cancer, reportedly protesting his innocence to the end.
The bombing killed 259 people on board and another 11 people on the ground.
His death came almost three years after the Scottish government freed him on compassionate grounds following his diagnosis of prostate cancer.
There has been much debate in recent years over whether his conviction was flawed in a rush to judgment or perhaps was part of a cover-up. Megrahi’s death has intensified that debate.
While many families of the victims are now feeling relief that the man they consider a murderer is now dead, some family members, such as Dr. Jim Swire, who lost a daughter in the bombing, continue to question the conviction and feel that the real culprits have never been brought to justice.
Some British newspapers are demanding an inquiry into the case and the verdict. Hopefully, such an inquiry will finally answer any lingering questions and bring some measure of peace to the families of the victims.