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  • 17 December 2013, 2:04

Lockerbie: Libya Prosecutors Join Investigation

Scotland's top prosecutor has revealed that Libya has appointed two prosecutors to assist ongoing investigations into the Lockerbie bombing.

This Saturday, December 21, sees the 25th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of a Pan Am jet from London Heathrow to New York that killed 270 people.

Only one man, Libyan national Abdelbaset al Megrahi, was ever convicted of the atrocity. He died from cancer in May 2012, having served a prison term before being released on health grounds.

Megrahi was convicted of carrying out an act of state-sponsored terrorism and of acting in concert with others.

It is the "others" who are the focus of the continuing investigation, specifically Abdullah Senussi, Colonel Gaddafi's former head of intelligence.

He is currently awaiting trial in Libya for war crimes allegedly committed during the uprising against Colonel Gaddafi.

In a statement, Scotland's Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland said: "As we move towards the 25th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am 103 over the town of Lockerbie we must not lose sight of the magnitude of the tragedy which claimed 270 lives.

"It is still the worst act of terrorism on UK soil.

"More than 400 parents lost a child, 46 parents lost their only child, 7 children lost both parents, 65 women lost a husband, 11 men lost a wife and more than 140 children lost one of their parents.

"The court found Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi guilty of the bombing but recognised it was an act of state terrorism and he did not act alone.

"We are still looking for others and the evidence leads to Libya.

He continued: "I went to Libya in 2012 and a Scottish and US justice law enforcement delegation met with senior officials from the Libyan government earlier this year.

"Since then there has been ongoing contact and cooperation from the Libyan authorities.

"Recently they appointed two Libyan prosecutors who will work with Scottish and US prosecutors to assist with the investigation into the bombing.

"This is a very welcome development which I hope will bear fruit and result in bringing others to justice."

Among those killed in the 1988 bombing were 11 Lockerbie residents who died when the plane crashed into their homes.

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