A letter from Pat Shearer, the current boss of Dumfries and Galloway police, has now admitted that statements about a break-in at Heathrow airport, just hours before the December 1988 Lockerbie bombing, were kept hidden by Dumfries and Galloway Police until 1999.
Mr Shearer also reveals that 'the Crown Office' knew about the break-in before the trial, but failed to tell the defence team.
Vital evidence on Lockerbie was withheld
Since 1991, police and prosecutors team have maintained that the bomb which exploded on board Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie was placed on a flight from Malta, rather than at London's Heathrow.
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Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter was killed on PanAm 103 at Lockerbie, writes in The Herald: