US to charge new Lockerbie bombing suspect, according to media reports
Abu Agel Masood Kheir Al-Marim is believed to have created a bomb that killed 270 people.
The US Department of Justice has brought new charges against former Libyan intelligence official Abu Agel Masood Kheir Al-Marim, also known as Hassan 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..
«Here’s our message to terrorists around the world: you won’t 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 prior to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks..
In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, Scottish and American law enforcement agencies conducted a joint investigation on 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 Foreign 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 on explosive devices from about 1973 to 2011.
Massoud participated in «plane explosion over Lockerbie», noted in court documents. 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 U.S. military personnel and injured scores of other visitors..
Of the 270 killed in the skies over Lockerbie, 190 were Americans, 43 – citizens of the United Kingdom. Also victims were citizens of Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Trinidad and Tobago