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Film could be made of Lockerbie GP's story.

A Hollywood film based on a Worcestershire GP's fight for the truth after his daughter died in the Lockerbie disaster could be made next year.

Dr Jim Swire's daughter Flora, a 23-year-old medical student, was killed as she flew to see her boyfriend in New York on her 24th birthday She was one of 259 passengers and crew on board Pan Am Flight 103 from Heathrow on December 21, 1988, when it was blown out of the sky by a terrorist bomb.

The explosion also claimed the lives of 11 people on the ground as aircraft wreckage rained down causing a fireball which devastated parts of the small community of Lockerbie.

After Flora's death, Dr Swire fought a tireless battle for justice for victims' relatives and 14 years later he is still demanding an independent inquiry into the tragedy.

The 65-year-old retired GP has now written his unique and disturbing story with co-author Peter Biddulph, aged 62, from Leek in Staffordshire, who confirmed there was a possibility it might be made into a film.

'We are now talking to two major publishers about the book and the 330-page manuscript for a film is currently in Beverly Hills being studied by two award-winning scriptwriters.

'The story starts with Dr Swire and his wife Jane making preparations for Christmas on the night of the tragedy.

'It was Jane who called him through and announced a plane was down.

'It is from there that his world was turned upside down and changed forever.'

Their manuscript follows Dr Swire's search for the truth through to the present day with the underlying theme of a citizen and the government and the trust between them.

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi was jailed for life for the Lockerbie bombing and failed in an appeal against his murder conviction.

His co-defendant Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah was acquitted and returned to Libya a hero.


Jim Swire; Flora Swire
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Date:Dec 18, 2002
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