WASHINGTON, DC, 23 December 2020 – The United States has announced terrorism charges against a Libyan for his role in the Pan Am Flight bombing in 1988.
On Monday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr charged Abu Agila Mohammad Masud, the man suspected of making the bomb that blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
The bombing killed all 270 people on board, including 190 American citizens.
Eleven people on the ground in Scotland were also killed.
Victims included 35 study abroad U.S, students who were returning home for Christmas.
The flight was traveling from London to New York when it was brought down in the terrorist attack.
Barr said prosecutors will seek the extradition of Masud to stand trial in the United States.
Masud is an ex-Libyan intelligence operative who apparently took orders from the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Police Scotland’s chief constable, Iain Livingstone, called the charges by the U.S. Justice Department as a “significant development”.
He promised to continue working closely with the U.S. and international authorities to ensure that justice is done.
“Let there be no mistake, no amount of time or distance will stop the United States and our Scottish partners in pursuing justice in this case,” Barr said during a press conference in Washington, DC.
Barr said he is optimistic that the Libyan government will hand Masud over.