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Thursday, 1 February, 2001, 00:43 GMT
UK families seek Lockerbie answers
Reverend John Mosey
Rev John Mosey: "Questions unanswered"
The British relatives of those who died in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing are to put pressure on the government for a public inquiry into the atrocity.

Dr Jim Swire and the Reverend John Mosey have scheduled a news conference for Thursday to launch a campaign.

The men, who both lost daughters when a bomb destroyed Pan Am flight 103 over the Scottish town, have been two of the main leaders in the fight for justice.

They have said that many of their questions have gone unanswered in the trial at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands.

Dr Swire
Dr Swire: Fainted in court
Libyan intelligence agent Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi was jailed for life for murder on Wednesday, a verdict met with relief by many of the families of the victims.

His co-accused, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, was found not guilty and has been handed over to the United Nations so he can be returned home.

The UK relatives, who have consistently called for a public inquiry, say they wanted to know who knew what about the bomb and whether the disaster could have been averted.

Dr Swire, who fainted when the guilty verdict was read out, has maintained that UK Prime Minister Tony Blair promised him a public inquiry after the trial was out of the way.

He has called the news conference for 1400GMT to give details of his campaign, calling on the UK Government to instigate that process.

Failings claim

Dr Swire and Rev Mosey lead a group of UK families who believe that failings in the intelligence services and aviation industry contributed to the disaster.

Rev Mosey, whose 19-year-old daughter Helga was killed, said he felt no personal satisfaction at the trial's outcome.

Helga Mosey
Helga Mosey: Died in the bombing
Mr Mosey, 60, from Worcestershire, said: "It is not our fault that we are 12 years on without the serious questions of who knew what, what was going on, why were the public not protected or warned by the western governments and their agencies who should protect us.

"We intend to continue and to seek answers to those very, very important questions."

Barry and Jean Berkley, from Northumberland, who lost their 29-year-old son Alistair, said they were unsatisfied with the verdict

"It doesn't feel like the end," said Mrs Berkley.

"We have always said that we wanted a public inquiry and we have been told we can't have that while there is a trial.

"We are still asking for that inquiry. It's still not entirely clear to us whether it was just Libya behind the bomb or whether there is more to it than that."

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