Today marks 32 years since terrorists brought down Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland killing 207 people, including 190 Americans. Today, Attorney General William Barr announced the indictment of the suspected bombmaker behind the devastating attack.
Reports detail that Masud built the bomb that was then planted in a suitcase by Abdel Basset al-Megrahi which brought the plane down.
Fox News reports:
“Let there be no mistake: no amount of time or distance will stop the United States, and its partners in Scotland, from pursuing justice in this case,” Barr told reporters.
Prior to the announcement, a top Libyan government official confirmed to Fox News the reputed bomber is in custody in Libya, has been interrogated, charged and found guilty of several “heinous crimes” involving explosives committed by the former regime of Muammar al-Gaddafi.
Mohammed Ali Abdallah, adviser to the current US-recognized Tripoli-based Libyan government, described Masud during a Zoom interview as a “very, very evil man” – a “hit man” for Gaddafi who was “called on a lot regarding timed bombings.”
The Libyan government official told Fox News they have have received “good signals” regarding Masud’s possible extradition from a Tripoli prison to face charges in the U.S. regarding the terror attack.
If Masud is brought to the United States he would be the first person to be held accountable for the attack, providing long-sought justice for the families of victims. Only one other suspect was charged and jailed in connection with the terrorist attack but was later freed and died of cancer in 2012.
During the announcement, AG Barr credited the current Libyan government for the breakthrough.