“Many people, including the relatives of those who died in, and over, Lockerbie, are, I know, upset that my appeal has come to an end; that nothing more can be done about the circumstances surrounding the Lockerbie bombing.

“I share their frustration. I had most to gain and nothing to lose about the whole truth coming out – until my diagnosis of cancer.

“To those victims’ relatives who can bear to hear me say this: they continue to have my sincere sympathy for the unimaginable loss that they have suffered.

“To those who bear me ill will, I do not return that to you.”