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DOJ to Announce New Charges in Connection with 1988 Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103

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By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department is expected to announce new criminal charges Monday against a former Libyan intelligence officer in connection with the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

U.S. authorities are speaking with Libyan official to take Abu Agila Masud, an alleged bombmaker, into custody, CNN reports.

Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the attack, which killed 270 people, most of whom were Americans, who were aboard a Pan Am Boeing 747 that was traveling from London to New York.  

The case is significant to Attorney General William Barr, who was attorney general in the 1990s when the U.S. first charged two Libyan men in the bombing. 

Barr spoke of the case at a memorial for the victims in 2019. 

“I must say that, to this day, I am not satisfied with our country’s overall response to the attack. I never thought that putting two Libyan intelligence officers on trial should be the sum and substance of our response,” Barr said at the Arlington Cemetery ceremony last year.

President of Victims Group for Pan Am Flight 103 Hopeful for Justice

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The president of Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 said he is hopeful the FBI will continue vigorously investigating the 1998 terrorist bombing, Syracuse.com reports.

The attack killed 270 people, and the only person convicted of the murders has been released from prison.

The FBI identified seven co-conspirators earlier this year, said the group’s president, attorney Frank Duggan.

“We don’t know how many of them are alive today,” Duggan told Syracuse.com. “That’s 25 years ago. The FBI never rests. They say they always get their man.”

But, he acknowledged, “We’re pretty far down the list.”