The Scottish authorities revealed, on Sunday, that the Libyan, “Abu Ageila Muhammad Masoud Khair al-Muraimi,” suspected of being behind the Lockerbie bombing, is in US custody.
The BBC quoted the Public Prosecutor’s Office as saying, “The families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing have been informed that the suspect, Abu Ajila Muhammad Masoud Khair al-Muraimi, is being held by the United States.”
“Prosecutors and Police Scotland will continue to work with the UK government and their colleagues in the US in pursuing this investigation, with the sole aim of bringing to justice those who acted with Abdelbaset al-Megrahi (the Libyan intelligence officer convicted of masterminding the bombing).”
The bombing took place on December 21, 1988, on board a Boeing 747 of Pan American Airlines, over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing 270 people.
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In 2009, the authorities in Scotland decided to release al-Megrahi on humanitarian grounds, after it was revealed that he had prostate cancer, and his doctors announced that he would not live for more than three months.
On May 20, 2012, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi died at his home in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, after a long struggle with cancer.