The suspect, Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi, is a Libyan intelligence official charged with two criminal counts related to the bombing. The Wall Street Journal reported last week the suspect is in custody in Libya and will be extradited to the United States to stand trial. One person was found guilty in Scotland of the Lockerbie bombing in 2001 and freed in 2009 on compassionate release grounds.
US Attorney General William Barr announced the charges on Monday.
He said: “On December 21 1988, a bomb destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 as it flew 31,00ft over Lockerbie, Scotland.
“The massive Boeing 747 known as the Clipper Maiden of the Seas exploded and fell to the ground in countless pieces.
“It was scattered across 840 square miles.
“The explosion killed all 259 people on board.
“243 passengers and 16 crew members – including 190 Americans.”
Mr Barr added a “third conspirator” was identified along with two Libyan intelligence agents during the investigation in 1991.
However, at the time investigators could not “identify or locate” this person.
He said: “The United States has filed criminal charges against the third conspirator, Abu Agila Mohammad Masud Kheir Al-Marimi, for his role in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103.”
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