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Iran denies new Lockerbie bombing claims

Published on Mar 11, 2014 9:49 PM
 
A file picture taken in Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec 22, 1988, shows the wreckage of Pan Am flight 103 that exploded, killing all 259 people aboard. Iran on Tuesday denied any involvement in the Lockerbie bombing in the face of new allegations it contracted Palestinian militants to carry out the 1988 attack which killed 270 people. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

TEHERAN (AFP) - Iran on Tuesday denied any involvement in the Lockerbie bombing in the face of new allegations it contracted Palestinian militants to carry out the 1988 attack which killed 270 people.

Documents obtained by Al-Jazeera television for a documentary to be broadcast later on Tuesday provided new backing to longstanding allegations that Iran and not now slain Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was behind the downing of the Pan Am airliner over the Scottish town.

"We reject any claims of Iranian involvement in this act of terror," foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told reporters. "Iran's stance - not only on this case but on all terrorist-related issues - is quite clear: Iran flatly denies (links) to any act of terror."

Former Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, - the only person ever convicted over the bombing - maintained his innocence right up until his death in May 2012. Al-Jazeera said that new evidence gathered for Megrahi's planned appeal, which was aborted by his release from prison on compassionate grounds in 2012, supported his innocence and implicated a Syrian-based Palestinian militant group.

 
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