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Lockerbie Trial Thursday, 1 February, 2001, 06:42 GMT
Lockerbie: What the Scottish editions say
Newspaper front pages go up in a Lockerbie shop
The headlines tell their own story
"Guilty" was the one-word heading on the front page of Glasgow's Evening Times on Wednesday afternoon.

The strap line read: "One man planted the Lockerbie bomb" and was placed in bold letters beside a picture of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi.

Megrahi was convicted on Wednesday of the murder of 259 people on board Pan Am flight 103 and 11 people on the ground in December 1988.

The Scotsman newspaper, however, asks in Thursday's early edition: "Can just one man be to blame?"

The Edinburgh-based broadsheet says: "It was a verdict the relatives had feared would never come, and when it did there was a gasp of relief, or perhaps surprise, and then a strange silence. "

Al Megrahi
Megrahi: Jailed for life
The paper also carries a piece focusing on the community of Lockerbie, suggesting that the town cannot forget the night of the bombing in December 1988.

The Herald's headline reads: "Now Libya is in the dock".

The paper also calls for the north African country to admit its guilt for the atrocity and says that sanctions should remain until Colonel Gaddafi agrees to pay compensation.

The Sun questions the length of the sentence handed down. Its front page splash asks: "Call this justice?"

Its leader column says: "Lord Sutherland beggared belief with his verdict of 20 years.

"Anyone who ever checked a betting slip came to the grotesque realisation this is less than a month for every victim."

Glasgow-based tabloid the Daily Record also suggests that the sentence of 20 years in prison is not enough.

The front page reads: "27 days jail for each victim" and goes on to say that Megrahi was responsible for the biggest case of mass murder in UK history.

Aberdeen's Press & Journal takes a more conciliatory tone, saying: "Justice at last for the 270 dead of Lockerbie".

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