LONDON (Health & Fitness Journal) – A man accused of building the bomb that blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie in Scotland in 1988 is being held in custody in the United States, Scottish prosecutors said on Sunday With.
The United States announced charges against Abu Agila Masud two years ago, and Scotland’s Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) said he was now in custody.
“The families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing have been notified that suspect Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi (“Mas’ud” or “Masoud”) is in US custody,” a COPFS spokesman said .
“Scottish prosecutors and police officers, in cooperation with the British government and US colleagues, will continue this investigation with the sole aim of bringing those who worked with al-Megrahi to justice.”
The COPFS said it was inappropriate to comment further on an ongoing criminal investigation.
The BBC was the first to report Masud’s arrest.
The bomb aboard the Boeing (NYSE:) 747 en route to the United States killed all 259 people on board and 11 on the ground, the deadliest militant attack ever in Britain.
In 1991, two other Libyan intelligence operatives were accused of the bombing: Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah.
Megrahi was found guilty of the bombing and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2001. He was later released because he was suffering from cancer and died in 2012.
Fhimah was acquitted of all charges but Scottish prosecutors have claimed Megrahi did not act alone.
In 2020, the United States unsealed criminal charges against Masud, an alleged third-party conspirator, adding that he worked as a technical expert building explosive devices.