February 4, 2023

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Lockerbie bombing: Suspect in US custody

London Eureka News Now —

A Libyan accused of helping make the bomb that destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 over the town of Lockerbie in December 1988 is now in US custody, authorities in the United States and Scotland said on Sunday with

The US has indicted Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi for his alleged involvement in the bombing two years ago, a spokesman for Britain’s Crown Office and Prosecutor Fiscal Service told Eureka News Now.

The attack killed 270 people when the bomb exploded over the Scottish city as it flew from London to New York.

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a statement Sunday morning confirming that the U.S. had “taken custody” of the suspected Pan Am Flight 103 bomb maker Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi and said that he is expected to make his “first appearance in the US District Court for the District of Columbia,” according to a spokesman.

The statement did not give a specific date for his court appearance, but said more details would be announced shortly.

Al-Marimi was being held in Libya for unrelated crimes when he was indicted by the US Department of Justice two years ago.

The British official told Eureka News Now that “the families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing have been told that suspect ‘Mas’ud’ or ‘Masoud’ is in US custody. “Scottish prosecutors and police officers, in conjunction with the UK Government and US colleagues, will continue this investigation with the sole aim of bringing those who worked with Al Megrahi to justice.”

Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi was charged, along with Al Amin Khalifah Fhimah, with placing explosives in a portable cassette and radio set in a suitcase on the plane. Megrahi was sentenced to 27 years in prison in 2001, but was released after being diagnosed with cancer. He died in 2012. Fhimah was acquitted.

The Lockerbie bombing remains the deadliest terrorist attack in the UK. It killed 259 people on board the airliner, along with 11 on the ground.