US announces new charges in Lockerbie bombing 32 years after deadly terror attack
Abu Agila Mas'ud, the man suspected of being Gaddafi's bomb maker
The United States on Monday overturned another suspect in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in which 270 people were killed, most of them Americans.
The suspect Abu Agila Mas'ud is a Libyan intelligence official charged with two offenses related to the bombing, the deadliest terrorist attack in modern British history.
After the explosion on board at 30,000 feet, the plane crashed on the ground in Lockerbie, a town in southern Scotland.
The breakthrough came in this case after years of poor public progress.
William Barr, the US attorney general, held a press conference Monday to explain the new charges and the investigation behind them.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Mr Mas'ud is in custody in Libya and is being extradited to the United States for trial.
Only two people had previously been charged with the bombing and Abdel Baset al-Megrahi is the only person ever convicted of the attack. Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah, a second suspect, was acquitted.
Al-Megrahi, also a Libyan, was convicted by Scottish judges in 2001. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, but was released on compassionate grounds in 2009 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
The move enraged the then US government and the families of the victims, even though he was only alive a few months before his death until 2012.
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