Ebene News – United States – Suspected bomb maker charged in Pan Am Flight 103 explosion over Lockerbie

WASHINGTON (CBS / CNN) – The United States has announced new criminal charges in the Pan Am Flight 103 terror attack over Lockerbie, Scotland They are against the former officer from Libyan intelligence Abu Agila Masud, accused of having manufactured the bomb, said Monday morning Attorney General William Barr

Monday is the 32nd anniversary of the attack, which killed 270 people, the majority of whom were Americans The Boeing 747 Pan Am was en route from London to New York A memorial website lists 15 victims of the crash who came from Massachusetts or New Hampshire

“The breakthrough that led to the charges announced today came when law enforcement learned in 2016 that the third conspirator had been arrested after the collapse of the Gaddafi regime and had been questioned by the forces Libyan order, ”Barr said at a press conference “According to the criminal complaint affidavit, Masud built the bomb that destroyed Pan Am 103”

“It is certainly a major step and it is something very meaningful for the families of the victims,” ​​Boulanger said Monday in reaction to the new accusations

At the start of his tenure in the department under President George HW Bush, Barr announced charges against two other Libyan intelligence-linked men, Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifah Fhimah, whom the United States accused of placing explosives in a portable cassette and radio player that was inside a suitcase on the plane

But due to the difficulty in getting them to the United States, the men were tried by a Scottish court sitting in the neutral Netherlands

The trial resulted in the acquittal of Fhimah and the conviction of Megrahi Megrahi, sentenced to 27 years in prison, was released from prison after being diagnosed with cancer He died in 2012

Masud is said to be in Libya But the US authorities have planned a less complicated legal procedure than before

Officials say the US is having conversations with Libya to take custody of Masud and with Scottish authorities who may be able to provide evidence

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc All Rights Reserved Katelyn Polantz and Evan Perez of CNN contributed to this report)

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Ebene News – United States – Suspected bomb maker indicted in Pan Am Flight 103 explosion over Lockerbie

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