Lockerbie bombing suspect now in US custody.
According to authorities in the United States of America and Scotland, a Libyan man is being held in custody for his involvement in the December 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie.
A spokesperson for the UK Crown Office said that Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi was charged by the US for his involvement in the bombing. CNN reported that the statement was made by the UK Procurator Fiscal Service and the UK Crown Office.
The bomb detonated above the Scottish town while it was flying from London to New York. It killed 270 people.
Libyan man accused of making bomb which destroyed Pan Am flight over Lockerbie 34 years ago is now in US custody, Scottish authorities say https://t.co/1TQ3DesTsZ
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According to a spokesperson, the US Justice Department released a statement Sunday morning confirming that they had taken custody of Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi (alleged Pan Am flight 103 bombmaker). It stated that he will make his “initial appearance at the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.”
Although the statement did not specify a date, it stated that more information would be forthcoming.
Al-Marimi was in custody in Libya since 2002 for unrelated offenses when he was charged by the US Justice Department.
CNN was informed by a UK official that the suspect Mas’ud or Masoud is currently in US custody. “Scottish prosecutors, police and the US Government will continue to investigate this case with the sole purpose of bringing to justice those who conspired with Al Megrahi.
Al Amin Khalifah Fhimah was also accused of placing explosives inside a portable cassette player and radio player. The suitcase was found in the plane’s luggage. Megrahi was sentenced to 27 years imprisonment in 2001. However, he was freed from prison after being diagnosed as having cancer. He died in 2012. Fhimah was acquitted.
The Lockerbie terrorist attack remains the most deadly terrorist attack in the United Kingdom. It resulted in the deaths of 259 passengers onboard the airliner and 11 ground crew members.