US and Scottish authorities said on Sunday that the Libyan man suspected of making the bomb that destroyed an airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988 is in US custody.
Scotland’s Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said in a statement: “The families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing have been informed that the suspect Abu Agela Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi is in US custody. United”.
The US Department of Justice confirmed the information, adding that “he is expected to make his first appearance in US District Court for the District of Columbia.”
Pan Am Flight 103, traveling from London to New York, exploded over Lockerbie on December 21, 1988, killing all 259 people aboard the plane and 11 others on the ground. It remains the deadliest terrorist attack on British soil.
The US Department of Justice announced new charges against Al-Marimi in December 2020, on the 32nd anniversary of the attack.
“Finally, this man responsible for murdering Americans and many more will be brought to justice for his crimes,” then-Attorney General William Barr said at a press conference.
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