Libyan PM welcomes US announcement that Lockerbie case won’t be reopened

The Libyan Prime Minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, welcomed the announcement of the US embassy in Libya that there would be no reopening of the US-Libya agreement on compensations for the victims’ families of the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie.

The US embassy in Libya said that the transfer of Abu Agila Masud to US custody to stand trial on charges related to the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie was lawful and conducted in cooperation with Libyan authorities.

The embassy added that the transfer followed INTERPOL publishing a Red Notice for Masud in January 2022 requesting all INTERPOL member states to locate and arrest the defendant for the purpose of transfer to the US.

It also reaffirmed that the US is not re-opening the agreement concluded in 2008 between with the then-Libyan government that settled “US and US nationals’ claims against Libya arising out of certain terrorist incidents including the attack on Pan Am 103.”

“The agreement obliged the US to end existing suits for financial compensation in US courts arising from incidents and precludes any future suits, and in no way restricts US legal cooperation or has any bearing on criminal charges against those responsible for the attack.” The embassy added.

Source: US Embassy


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