(184)  Lockerbie: Mandela meets the relatives

Fulfilling his promise in June (see No 178), Nelson Mandela met with relatives of the victims of the Lockerbie outrage on 14 July 2002 in London.  He backed their calls for an independent inquiry into the affair, and continued to call for the imprisonment of Abdelbaset Megrahi to be carried out in an independent Muslim country such as Egypt or Tunisia rather than in Scotland.  Mandela claimed that this was not opposed by any of the relatives to whom he had spoken.