Pan Am Flight 103

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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 »

Libya to Release All Lockerbie Files 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 »

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 »

No Country for This Old Man?

US and African Union looking for a country to take in Gadhafi

(Newser) - No one knows who could replace Moammar Gadhafi, but that isn't stopping the Obama administration from looking for a new home for him, reports the New York Times . Gadhafi has had good ties with many African countries, including Chad, Mali, and Zimbabwe, and there have been a few pro-Gadhafi... 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 »

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 »

Doc: I Goofed on Lockerbie Bomber Diagnosis

I couldn't say for sure when he would die, says expert

(Newser) - A medical expert cited in the compassionate release of the Lockerbie bomber said he would have been "more vague" had he realized his opinion about bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's prostate cancer would be treated as fact. Megrahi, convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 that killed 270... More »

Kids of Lockerbie Victims Getting Married

...Near the anniversary of Megrahi's release

(Newser) - On August 20, it’ll be exactly one year since Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103, was released from prison, enraging the families of his victims. But a day later, those same families will have something to smile about: The daughter of a victim... More »

Lockerbie Bomber's Docs Didn't Agree on Prognosis

Investigation looks in to those to treated Megrahi

(Newser) - The Scottish doctor who gave the convicted Lockerbie bomber 3 months to live a year ago did so without having the four British specialists who treated Abdelbasat Ali al-Megrahi for prostate cancer sign off on the conclusion, a Wall Street Journal investigation finds. The dire prognosis—which formed the basis... More »

BP Didn't Cause Lockerbie Bomber Release: Cameron

British PM denies connection between oil giant an al-Megrahi's release

(Newser) - British PM David Cameron said he has seen no evidence suggesting that BP—his nation's largest company—persuaded the Scottish government to release Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the AP reports. Cameron said he understood American "frustrations" with BP over the spill, but said no evidence supports the contention... More »

Senators to Press British PM on Lockerbie Bomber

Lawmakers ask to meet with Cameron

(Newser) - Four US senators are probing the release of the only person convicted of involvement in the Lockerbie bombing, CNN reports. Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, and Bob Menendez released a letter today requesting a meeting with David Cameron during the British PM's visit to the US this week. Scotland... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Could Live 10 More Years

Embarrassed doctor calls prognosis 'unusual'

(Newser) - The Libyan man convicted of 270 counts of murder for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and freed by Scotland in 2009 because he was dying of prostate cancer could live for 10 more years, the doctor whose opinion helped free him now says. Abdelbasat Ali al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Still Alive

Three-month life expectancy was only an approximate, says Scot minister

(Newser) - Scotland caused international outrage when it released Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi to Libya on compassionate grounds because he had only three months to live. That was six months ago. While the convicted terrorist continues to call Scotland twice monthly as per the terms of his parole, Justice Minister Kenny... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Bids to Clear Name

Victims' relatives unimpressed with content of new website

(Newser) - The Lockerbie bomber has launched a website that makes available documents from an appeal he mounted before being released for medical reasons, the Telegraph reports. Relatives of the passengers on Pan Am Flight 103 say Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's site contains nothing new: “It's a lobbying effort. It's almost as... More »

Minister Who Freed Lockerbie Bomber Has Bro in Oil Biz

Kenny MacAskill's brother has pitched oil business to Libya

(Newser) - The Scottish government minister who freed the Lockerbie bomber has a brother who works in the oil industry and has pitched oil business to Libya, reports the Wall Street Journal. Kenny MacAskill's brother, Allan, spent 20 years at BP, which admits that it lobbied for a prisoner-transfer agreement between the... More »

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