Libya to Release All Lockerbie Files

...in a year or so

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 21, 2012 9:52 AM CST

(Newser) – With Moammar Gadhafi gone and a nascent democracy in place, Libyan officials say they will release all their files related to the infamous Lockerbie bombing, reports the BBC. The top Scottish prosecutor has been lobbying Libya's new government for months to release whatever information it has about the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which happened 24 years ago today.

Libya's ambassador to Great Britain said that Libya would open all its files, but only after the government has established security and stability—which he expects to take at least a year. Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person ever convicted for the bombing, died in May after a long battle with cancer. Scotland hopes the new information will allow it to go after other suspects, notes the BBC.

A police officer walks by the nose of Pan Am flight 103 in a field near the town of Lockerbie, Scotland where it lay after a bomb aboard exploded, in this December 21, 1988 file photo.
A police officer walks by the nose of Pan Am flight 103 in a field near the town of Lockerbie, Scotland where it lay after a bomb aboard exploded, in this December 21, 1988 file photo.   (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File)
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