February 1, 2001 |
Twelve years after Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, a Libyan intelligence agent was convicted Wednesday of murdering 270 people in the blast, but his co-defendant was acquitted and quickly headed for home in Libya. The guilty verdict for Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi, 48, was met with a collective gasp--and an emotional collapse--from victims' relatives and with stony silence from the Libyans' families in separate areas of the high-security court gallery.
July 10, 1999 |
The U.S. persuaded Libya's supporters on the Security Council to accept that Tripoli still has to meet U.N. demands related to the Pan Am bombing trial before sanctions can be permanently lifted. Namibia had pushed for a lifting of the measures, now suspended, based on the April 5 hand-over of two suspects in the 1988 bombing and pledges by Libya to cooperate in their trial and pay compensation to the victims' families, if the men are convicted. But the U.S.
March 3, 1999 |
Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi said a deal is near to put on trial the two men accused of the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 airliner bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, adding that South African President Nelson Mandela's verbal guarantees are sufficient to resolve a current deadlock over the handling of the suspects. He also said he had no doubt about the fairness of Scottish justice.
December 6, 1998 |
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan met Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi alone in a desert tent Saturday night and came away believing that he had made progress toward an agreement to extradite two suspects wanted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. "The talks have been fruitful and positive," Annan said. "Libya has confirmed its seriousness and readiness to find a solution to the Lockerbie problem."
February 28, 1998 |
Rebuffing the United States and Britain, the World Court ruled Friday that it has the authority to settle a dispute deadlocking a trial of two Libyans suspected of blowing up a jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. The ruling did not address the crucial question of where a trial could be held, but it paves the way for the court to eventually make that decision. Libya, the United States and Britain have been fighting over the issue for years.
October 7, 1997 |
A dispute pitting Libya against the United States and Britain over the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, will be heard by the World Court in The Hague next week. The case centers on an international push for the surrender and prosecution of two Libyan nationals implicated in the bombing, which killed 270 people. The court announced that hearings will begin Monday and continue for eight days.