Scots asks for Libya's help on Lockerbie

Sept. 26, 2011 at 3:51 PM
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EDINBURGH, Scotland, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in Scotland are asking Libya's new government to cooperate in their inquiry into the Lockerbie bombing.

The Crown Office formally asked Libya's National Transitional Council to provide evidence needed to convict those who acted along with Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people.

"The trial court accepted that Mr. Megrahi acted in furtherance of the Libyan intelligence services in an act of state sponsored terrorism and did not act alone," a Crown Office spokesperson told the BBC. "Lockerbie remains an open inquiry."

Al-Megrahi was jailed for the Lockerbie bombing in 2001 after being convicted by a Scottish Court sitting in the Netherlands. The former Libyan officer was released on compassionate grounds more than two years ago after he was allegedly diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer.

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