US charges suspect in 1988 Lockerbie bombing

US charges suspect in 1988 Lockerbie bombing

The US Department of Justice has brought new charges against former Libyan intelligence officer Abu Agel Masoud Kheir Al-Marim, aka Hasan Abu Ojaliya Ibrahim, for his role in the bomb that killed 270 people in the explosion of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie 21 December 1988. This is stated in a statement published on the website of the Ministry of Justice.

“This is our message to terrorists around the world: you will not succeed – if you attack Americans wherever you are, no matter how long it takes, you will be persecuted until justice prevails,” said US Attorney General William Barr.

On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was detonated in the skies over Lockerbie, Scotland. This international terrorist attack, planned and carried out by Libyan intelligence officials, was considered the largest terrorist attack on both the United States and the United Kingdom before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, Scottish and American law enforcement agencies conducted a joint investigation of an unprecedented scale. It resulted in the initiation of criminal cases in both countries against two Libyan intelligence officers Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah in November 1991.

According to US Department of Justice documents, the External Security Organization (ESO) was the Libyan intelligence service through which Libya carried out terrorist attacks against other countries and suppressed the activities of Libyan dissidents abroad. Abu Agel Masood Kheir Al-Marim worked in various positions at ESO, including as a technical expert in explosive devices from about 1973 to 2011.

Massoud participated in the “explosion of the plane over Lockerbie,” the court documents say. In addition, he is accused of a series of other conspiracy against the United States and Western countries, including an attack on a West Berlin discotheque on April 5, 1986. The attack killed two US troops and injured scores of other visitors.

Of the 270 killed in the skies over Lockerbie, 190 were Americans, 43 were citizens of the United Kingdom. The victims also became citizens of Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Trinidad and Tobago.

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