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Lockerbie bomber to appeal.

Byline: MARK ELLIS

LOCKERBIE bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi is to appeal against his 27 year prison sentence.

His lawyers say it breaches his human rights and the High Court in Scotland has granted him permission to appeal.

The Crown is appealing against his sentence saying it is too lenient.

Dates for both appeals will be set at the High Court on Friday.

Libyan al-Megrahi, 52, was convicted in 2001 of murdering 270 people when a bomb blew up a New York-bound Pan Am jet over Lockerbie in 1988.

A Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands ruled he should serve at least 20 years.

But then the European Convention on Human Right decided that all life prisoners must be brought before the High Court to decide how long they must serve before they are eligible for parole.

The original three trial judges set that at 27 years at a hearing in Glasgow last November. Al-Megrahi is in Barlinnie jail, Glasgow.

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