Lockerbie inquiry continues

LONDON - Police are following several lines of inquiry into the Lockerbie bombing focusing on possible accomplices of convicted former Libyan agent Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, Scottish authorities said yesterday.

The review was part of a regular series carried out into the bombing of PanAm flight 103 over the Scottish town in December 1988, Scotland's chief prosecutor said in an e-mail sent to relatives of British victims.

The attack killed 270 people aboard the plane and on the ground.

Megrahi, the only man convicted in the case, was released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds in August because he is terminally ill with prostate cancer.

The decision to let him return home to Libya infuriated the US government and many relatives of the 189 Americans killed, straining ties with Britain.

The authorities were not reopening the case into Megrahi - who dropped his appeal against his conviction but maintains his innocence - but would focus on who might have worked with him, the Scottish Crown Office, the country's prosecuting authority, said in a statement.

"Now that the appeal proceedings are at an end a further review of the case is under way and several potential lines of inquiry ... being considered," it said. - Reuters