After 34 years, US says Libyan man who built deadly Lockerbie plane bomb that killed 270 people on Scottish soil now in custody

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According to authorities in the United States and Scotland, a Libyan man accused of being involved in the making of the bomb that destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 over the town of Lockerbie, Scotland in December 1988 is now in US custody.

Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifah Fhimah were charged with putting explosives in a portable cassette and radio player that was inside a suitcase on the plane. Megrahi was sentenced to 27 years in prison in 2001, but was released after being diagnosed with cancer. He passed away in 2012. Fhimah was found not guilty.

The bomb detonated over the Scottish town as it flew from London to New York, killing 270 people.

According to a spokesman for the UK Crown Office and Prosecutor Fiscal Service, the US charged Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi for his alleged involvement in the bombing two years ago.

According to a spokesperson, the US Justice Department issued a statement Sunday morning, December 11, confirming that the US had “taken custody of alleged Pan Am flight 103 bombmaker” Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi, and that he is expected to make his “initial appearance in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.”

The statement did not specify when he would appear in court.

When the US Justice Department charged Al-Marimi two years ago, he was in custody in Libya for unrelated crimes.

“The families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing have been informed that the suspect “Mas’ud” or “Masoud” is in US custody,” according to the UK.

Scottish prosecutors and police will continue to pursue this investigation, in collaboration with UK Government and US colleagues, with the sole goal of bringing those who conspired with Al Megrahi to justice.”

The Lockerbie bombing is still considered the deadliest terrorist attack in British history. It killed 259 people on board the plane and 11 people on the ground.