The Lockerbie Verdict

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Twelve years after a terrorist act that killed 281 people, one defendant has been found guilty, the other's been let off scot-free. The split verdict may raise more questions than it answers. Did history's most expensive criminal investigation really uncover the truth? Should Libya's Moammar Gadhafi pay compensation, or does the verdict mark his first step in a long road back into the international fold? We get details of the totally circumstantial case from one of the experts involved, reaction from a victim's family, and the implications for international diplomacy.
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