US and Scottish authorities said Sunday the Libyan man suspected of building the bomb that destroyed a passenger plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 is in US custody.
Scotland’s Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said in a statement: “The families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing have been informed that suspect Abu Agela Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi is in US custody.”
The US Department of Justice confirmed the information, adding that “he is expected to make his first appearance in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.”
Pan Am Flight 103, en route from London to New York, exploded over Lockerbie on December 21, 1988, killing all 259 people on board the plane and another 11 on the ground. It remains the deadliest terrorist attack on British soil.
The US Department of Justice announced new charges against Al-Marimi in December 2020, on the 32nd anniversary of the bombing.
“At last this man responsible for the killing of Americans and many others will be brought to justice for his crimes,” William Barr, then Attorney General, said at a news conference.
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