US unveils charges against Lockerbie bombing suspect: media

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Washington (AFP)

The United States plans to unveil charges against a Libyan suspected of assembling the bomb that detonated an American airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, US newspapers reported Wednesday.

The suspect, Abu Agila Mohammad Masud, is currently being held by Libyan authorities, according to the Wall Street Journal, and US authorities are seeking his extradition to stand trial in the United States.

The New York Times said the exact location of Masud’s was unknown, but he was jailed in Libya at one point for unrelated crimes.

The Journal said Masud, believed to have been one of the main bomb makers for the late Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi, is suspected of having assembled the device that blew up Pan Am Flight 103.

The Journal and Times said U.S. prosecutors are expected to disclose the charges against Masud soon.

Monday is the 32nd anniversary of the bombing which killed a total of 270 people, including 190 Americans and 11 people on the ground.

Two Libyans were brought to justice in the Netherlands for their alleged role in the attack and one of them was sentenced in 2001.

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