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Voice of The Mirror: THE CAMP ZEIST VERDICT - GADDAFI IS THE REAL MURDERER; Life for Lockerbie bomber - now nail his master.

THE BLOOD-SOAKED finger of blame for the bombing of PanAm flight 103 over the Scots town of Lockerbie is finally - after 12 years of waiting - pointing in the murderous direction of Libya.

Scotland's top judges have, in a court of law and in an arena for the world to see, shown without doubt that it was a secret agent from the sun-bleached terrorist state who was to blame.

But evil Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi - the messenger of death - was simply a pawn in a political chess game.

Today, the Scottish Mirror cites Colonel Gaddafi, the Libyan head of state, as the king pin who sanctioned the appalling, unforgivable murder of 270 innocent men, women and children.

And we demand that he is brought to justice for the execution of the innocent. He has blood on his hands, and it will never wash away.

His secret service agent began a life sentence yesterday after being convicted of the Lockerbie bombing.

Al Megrahi was found guilty of bombing PanAm flight 103, on December 21, 1988.

The historic verdict in the Hague came after years of painstaking investigation.

That the trial took place at all is a credit to the victims' relatives who kept up the pressure to get justice for their loved ones.

But, as the families pointed out yesterday, the trail has led up to Colonel Gaddafi's doorstep.

The court decided that the plot was of Libyan origin.

The Lockerbie bombing was an act of state-sponsored terrorism.

And Britain must lead demands for Gaddafi to go. The relatives say that Prime Minister Tony Blair doesn't have the backbone to hold Gaddafi personally responsible.

Blair now needs to find some backbone.

Justice will only truly be served when Gaddafi is driven out.

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KILLER: Gaddafi
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Date:Feb 1, 2001
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