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US to unseal charges against Libyan suspect in 1988 Lockerbie bombing: reports

The suspect was allegedly a top bomb-maker for Libya's Muammar Qaddafi. [Getty]

Date of publication: 17 December, 2020

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Abu Agila Mohammad Masud, reportedly held by Libyan authorities, is set to be charged by the US, according to local media.

The United States plans to unseal charges soon against a Libyan man suspected of assembling the bomb that blew up a US airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, US newspapers reported on Wednesday.

The suspect, Abu Agila Mohammad Masud, is currently held by the Libyan authorities, according to The Wall Street Journal, and US authorities are seeking his extradition to stand trial in the United States.

The New York Times said Masud's exact whereabouts are unknown but he was imprisoned in Libya at one point for unrelated crimes.

The Journal said Masud, alleged to have been a top bomb-maker for the late Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, is suspected of assembling the device that blew up Pan Am Flight 103.

The Journal and Times said US prosecutors are expected to unseal charges soon against Masud.

Read more: Scottish judge rules Lockerbie bombing documents to stay secret

Monday is the 32nd anniversary of the bombing which killed a total of 270 people, including 190 Americans and 11 people on the ground.

Two Libyans were put on trial in the Netherlands for their alleged roles in the attack and one of them was convicted in 2001.

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