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Libyan Suspect Found Guilty of Lockerbie Bombing

HeadlineJan 31, 2001

One of the two Libyans accused of the Lockerbie bombing has been convicted of murdering all 259 people on the plane and another 11 who died on the ground. The guilty verdict on Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, a married man with children, was delivered after an historic 84-day trial under Scottish law in the Netherlands. He now faces life imprisonment in Scotland, although an appeal is being planned. Megrahi’s co-accused, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, was found not guilty and has been told he is free to return home. A spokesperson for Libya’s foreign ministry is reported to have said that it respects the decision of Scottish justice and the verdict handed down. The spokesperson went on to demand an immediate lifting of sanctions imposed by the United Nations and reparation for the losses they caused. But Western diplomats say the decision on when to lift the sanctions will rest with the United States and Britain, who have veto power in the 15-nation Security Council.

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