Britain Still Thinks Libyans Prime Bombing Suspects
After an exhaustive probe into the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jetliner over Scotland, investigators have concluded there is still a case against two Libyans, Britain said Wednesday.
Responding to a lawmaker’s questions in the House of Commons, Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd said investigators had found nothing to implicate anyone else in the attack, which killed 270 people.
“During the early stages of the investigation, the possibility that Palestinian extremist groups might be responsible was extensively investigated and so were reports of Iranian involvement,” Hurd said. But “no credible evidence has been found to substantiate either theory.”
Hurd said as part of their investigations, Scottish police had interviewed two members of the extremist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Hafes Dalkamouni and Abdel Ghadanfar, who were arrested in Germany in 1988.
He added that a report from the U.S. Air Force Intelligence Agency suggesting that Iranian cleric Ali Akbar Mohtashemi paid for the bombing was unreliable. Mohtashemi was interior minister at the time of the bombing.
Pan Am 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, on Dec. 21, 1988, killing all 259 aboard and 11 on the ground. Investigators uncovered links to Libyans in Frankfurt, Germany, the plane’s last stop before London.
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