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Thursday, 14 March, 2002, 16:35 GMT
Lockerbie: 'We may never know truth'
Lockerbie crash aftermath
Relatives are hoping the guilty verdict will be upheld
The stepmother of one of the victims of the Lockerbie air disaster says she fears "the full story" will never be known.

Rosemary Woolfe lost Miriam, her 20-year-old "beloved" step-daughter, in the crash and ever since, she has campaigned on behalf of the bereaved as president of the American relatives group Justice for Pan Am 103.

Speaking before the appeal judges upheld the guilty verdict handed down to Libyan Abdelbaset ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, she said she still had "a great deal of concerns" about the case.

She told BBC Radio 4's Today Programme: "If the verdict is upheld, all we still really have is al-Megrahi - Gaddafi (Libyan leader) and other officials have taken no personal responsibility and that is no measure of justice at all.

Rosemary Woolfe step-mother of Lockerbie victim
Woolfe - 'real concerns' for justice
"I don't believe I, or anyone, has a clearer picture today about what happened, than before the trial began."

A total of 270 people died when the Pan Am jumbo jet flight 103 exploded over the Scottish town.

The bombing was one of a number of acts in which the Gaddafi regime was at least implicated.

It is said he handed over the two Lockerbie suspects on condition that no other Libyan officials, including himself, would be dragged into the investigation or the trial.

We only have one percentage of the truth

Rosemary Woolfe

Mrs Woolfe believes the trial has "only gone so far".

"We have only had two people indicted - one of those (Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah) was acquitted and this is a very long story.

"We only have one percentage of the truth."

Mrs Woolfe said she was opposed to the trial being held in the Netherlands under Scottish rule - a move designed to ensure impartiality - as she said it "allowed politics to get involved".

She added: "It was Gaddafi's friends in the Arab world who pushed for this international trial but they did not accept the parameters of the trial.

"They criticised the trial, they criticised the verdict and they criticised what was going on at the appeal."

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