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27 Years After Lockerbie Bombing, 2 New Suspects IDed

Scotland, US want to interview Libyans they say worked with al-Megrahi

(Newser) - Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the sole suspect convicted for the 1988 bombing that brought down Pan Am Flight 103, killing 270 people, died in 2012 —but now Scotland and the US say they've set their sights on two other Libyans they want to question in the attack, the BBC... More »

Iran: Fake US Warship Is Just a Movie Prop

Iranian media slams US for jumping to conclusions

(Newser) - The replica of an American aircraft carrier under construction in Iran is a mere movie prop, according to Iranian media. Iranian newspapers say the Nimitz-class replica spotted by satellites will appear in an upcoming movie about the downing of an Iran Air civilian plane by the USS Vincennes in 1988,... More »

Ex-Spy: Iran, Not Libya, Ordered Lockerbie Bombing

Attack was 'revenge for downing of Iranian plane'

(Newser) - The Libyan convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 went to his grave protesting his innocence —and new evidence suggests he was telling the truth and it was actually Iran behind the Lockerbie attack, an al-Jazeera investigation finds. A former Iranian intelligence officer is among the... More »

Woman Just Learns Her Son Died on Pan Am 103

Search for child she gave up for adoption has heartbreaking end

(Newser) - Heartbreak for an Oregon woman who gave up her son for adoption 45 years ago: She decided to track him down after her husband's death last year, only to learn that he was among hundreds of people killed when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988,... More »

Libya to Release All Lockerbie Files

...in a year or so

(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... More »

Gadhafi's Spy Chief Sent Back to Libya

Al-Senoussi accused of having hand in Lockerbie bombing

(Newser) - The man accused of having helped orchestrate some of the worst crimes committed by Moammar Gadhafi's regime has been extradited back to Libya, according to a Mauritanian government statement. An unnamed official says Abdullah al-Senoussi, who ran Gadhafi's feared intelligence service, is bound for Tripoli. Libya, the International... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Buried in Libya

Just under 100 attend funeral of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi

(Newser) - The only man convicted in the 1988 bombing on Pan Am Flight 103 has been buried with little fanfare near the Libyan capital with just under 100 family members and passers-by in attendance. Today's quiet funeral in Tripoli stands in stark contrast to the hero's welcome Abdelbaset al-Megrahi... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Megrahi Dead

Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's lived almost 3 years after his release to Libya

(Newser) - Nearly three years after he was released on compassionate grounds to his homeland of Libya, convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has died, Reuters reports, citing a statement by Megrahi's brother. Initially given six months to live, Megrahi's health had deteriorated rapidly in recent days after a long... More »

Lockerbie Bomber: I Can Prove I'm Innocent

Abdel Baset al-Megrahi says a Maltese shop owner lied at trial

(Newser) - Stop if you've heard this one before: The Lockerbie bomber is on the verge of death ! "I am about to die and I ask now to be left in peace with my family," Abdel Baset al-Megrahi said in a newly published interview. Megrahi says he deserves to... More »

Lockerbie Bomber: My Role in Bombing 'Exaggerated'

Al-Megrahi says he only has 'days, weeks, months' to live

(Newser) - From a bed at his Tripoli home, a frail-looking Abdel Basset al-Megrahi insisted to Reuters that his role in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing was smaller than people think. "The West exaggerated my name. Please leave me alone. I only have a few more days, weeks, or months" to live,... More »

Reporter Finds Lockerbie Bomber 'Close to Death'

Libya's rebel government refuses to extradite him

(Newser) - Hours after Libya's rebel government refused to extradite the Lockerbie bomber, a CNN reporter found him —slipping in and out of a coma, barely alive, sustained only by an intravenous drip. Reporter Nic Robertson had come for an interview, and was stunned by the site of Abdel Basset... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Kept Alive by Pricey Wonder Drug

Hormone-based cancer drug ironically developed in UK

(Newser) - How is Abdel Basset al-Megrahi still breathing? UK doctors gave the convicted Lockerbie bomber just three months to live when he was released two years ago, but Libyan doctors have kept him alive with a brand-new hormone-based cancer drug called Abiraterone , a medic in Tripoli tells the Daily Telegraph . Abiraterone... More »

Libya Defector's Money Freed, 'Victims' Fume

Move will encourage others to desert Gadhafi, says administration

(Newser) - The Obama administration has lifted financial sanctions against high-profile Libyan defector Moussa Koussa. The official, formerly Moammar Gadhafi's intelligence chief and foreign minister, is suspected of involvement in numerous terrorist acts over the last 30 years, including the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, and the decision... More »

Lockerbie Prosecutors Want to Interview Libyan Defector

Former official Moussa Koussa rumored to have played a role

(Newser) - The defection of Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa to Britain may not spell the end of his trouble: Scottish prosecutors want to interview him to determine whether he played a role in the 1988 bombing of Pam Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, reports the Wall Street Journal . British officials, meanwhile,... More »

How US Firms Filled Gadhafi's Coffers

The US government helped them do it

(Newser) - In 2009, the Gadhafi regime called in 15 energy company executives and issued an ultimatum: Either they’d help pay Libya’s $1.5 billion bill for its role in the Lockerbie bombing, or their oil leases would face “serious consequences.” Some of the companies—including several based... More »

Libyan Defector: Gadhafi Ordered Lockerbie Bombing

Ex-Justice minister says he has proof to back up claim

(Newser) - Libya’s ex-justice minister says that Moammar Gadhafi personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing—and that he can prove it. “I have proof that Gadhafi gave the order,” Mustafa Abdel-Jalil told a Swedish tabloid, according to the AP . “To hide it, he (Gadhafi) did everything in his power... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Freed After 'Thuggish' Gadhafi Threats

British intelligence also suggests 'imminent death' was a stretch

(Newser) - The Guardian highlights WikiLeaks cables surrounding the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi , freed by Scotland last year because he supposedly had only a few months to live. The cables show that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's government put "thuggish" pressure on Britain to make sure Megrahi went free.... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Kin Suing Over Prison 'Neglect'

He wasn't 'looked after,' complains Moammar Gadhafi

(Newser) - The family of the Lockerbie bomber is preparing to sue Scotland for neglect while the killer was in prison. Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, convicted of killing 270 people in the 1988 Pan Am bombing, was freed last year to return to Libya on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer.... More »

Cargo Bomber 'Aiming for Another Lockerbie'

Officials hunt al-Qaeda suspect who blew up his own brother

(Newser) - Security forces around the world believe Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri—an al-Qaeda fighter who once blew up his own brother—is the mastermind behind the bombs, and was plotting a "new Lockerbie" with his cargo plane explosives, reports the Telegraph . Both devices found on cargo craft traveled for a time... More »

US: Put Lockerbie Bomber Back in Jail

It's been a year since controversial release

(Newser) - It's been a year since Scotland made the staggering decision to free the man convicted of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 and 270 souls over Lockerbie, and the US has a little anniversary message: Put him back in jail. White House counterterror chief John Brennan told Scottish officials that... More »

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