Lockerbie bombing: Suspect in US custody


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CNN
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A Libyan man accused of being concerned in making the bomb that destroyed Pan Am flight 103 over the city of Lockerbie in December 1988 is now in US custody, authorities in the USA and Scotland stated Sunday.

The US charged Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi for his alleged involvement within the bombing two years in the past, a spokesman for the UK Crown Workplace and Prosecutor Fiscal Service informed CNN.

The assault killed 270 folks because the bomb detonated over the Scottish city because it flew from London to New York.

The US Justice Division issued a press release Sunday morning confirming that the US had “taken custody of alleged Pan Am flight 103 bombmaker” Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi, saying he’s anticipated to make his “initial appearance in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia,” in line with a spokesperson.

The assertion didn’t determine a particular date for his courtroom look, however stated extra particulars can be forthcoming.

Al-Marimi had been in custody in Libya for unrelated crimes when charged by the US Justice Division two years in the past.

The UK official informed CNN that “the families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing have been told that the suspect “Mas’ud” or “Masoud” is in US custody. “Scottish prosecutors and police, working with UK Government and US colleagues, will continue to pursue this investigation, with the sole aim of bringing those who acted along with Al Megrahi to justice.”

Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi was accused together with Al Amin Khalifah Fhimah of inserting explosives in a conveyable cassette and radio participant that was inside a suitcase on the airplane. Megrahi was sentenced in 2001 to 27 years in jail, however was launched from jail after being identified with most cancers. He died in 2012. Fhimah was acquitted.

The Lockerbie bombing stays the deadliest terrorist assault to have taken place in the UK. It killed 259 folks on board the airliner, together with 11 on the bottom.