December 22, 1997 in Nation/World

Relatives Demand Trial

 

Marking the ninth anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, relatives of British victims launched a petition Sunday demanding that two Libyan suspects be tried in a neutral country. Libya has refused to extradite the bombing suspects to either Britain or the United States, saying the men would not receive a fair trial. Libya has demanded that any trial be held in a neutral third country. Britain and the United States have rejected Libya’s demand.

In 1991, the two suspects - Libyan intelligence agents Abdel Basset al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah - were indicted in Scotland and the United States for planting the bomb that blew up the airliner over the southwestern Scottish town of Lockerbie.

All 259 people on board and 11 others on the ground were killed, making it the worst terrorist attack in the United Kingdom.


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