Alleged Bomb Maker: In his first federal court appearance, the man suspected of building the bomb that brought down Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 made his case in the District of Columbia. Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi, 71, is accused of carrying out three separate charges of terrorism.
Glenn Johnson remarked, “This is a name that has been on our radar for some time.” We’ve heard rumours about him for years. Beth Ann Johnson, the daughter of Glenn and Carole Johnson, was one of the 270 persons murdered in the blast. Carole Johnson remarked, “She was every mother’s ideal child.”
In court on Monday, Mas’ud did not enter a plea. According to CBS News, Mas’ud requested a week to find his attorney and claimed through an interpreter that he wished to do so. This is the third time the United States has indicted and arrested someone for their involvement in the incident. Of the three accused, Mas’ud would be the first to face trial in the United States.
Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, another Libyan, was convicted and has been serving a life term in a Scottish prison since 2001. A cancer diagnosis led to his release, and he passed away in 2012. The third guy on trial for his alleged role in the bombing was found not guilty by a court in Scotland.
Libyan intelligence operative charged in the 1988 bombing of an American jetliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, has been arrested by the FBI and being extradited to the United States to face prosecution for one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in US history, https://t.co/6sRydOTkFS
— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) December 11, 2022
Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division said, “The Justice Department has laboured for more than three decades to seek justice for the 270 innocent victims of the Pan Am 103 attack.”
Bittersweet moment in Court today for families/friends of #PanAm103/#Lockerbie victims. One more step towards justice & accountability.@UofR lost two of our own from Class of 1990. This is very personal.https://t.co/Ir8URqwFOs
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) December 12, 2022
“Mas’ud will appear in an American courtroom today to face charges for his alleged role in this horrific act of terror. Those who would harm Americans overseas should know that no matter where they go, the United States will find them and bring them to justice, no matter how long it takes.”
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Carole Johnson expressed her sympathy for the defence counsel, saying, “This man is nasty.” Beth Ann Johnson, a senior at Seton Hill University, was in London to complete a semester of study. Beth Ann Johnson, who was flying from London’s Heathrow Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, was on her way home for the holidays.
I am quoted in this @washingtonpost article abt #PanAm103/#Lockerbie.
Even after 34 years, justice is important & will always be pursued. https://t.co/Wds9P7Tagv
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) December 12, 2022
At 38 minutes into the flight, a bomb placed in the plane’s forward cargo section detonated over Lockerbie, Scotland. Every one of the 259 passengers and 11 people on the ground perished. “About 270 victims of a single evil deed. That individual is not even human “The aforementioned Carole Johnson stated.
The Justice Department announced charges against Mas’ud in 2020 based on information gleaned from an alleged confession to Libyan officials in 2012 and his travel logs. Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin said, “The United States believes we have an extremely compelling case and can prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.”
This is not a recent occurrence,” Glenn Johnson emphasised. Now that our loved ones have kept the pressure on and kept their feet to the fire, we’re beginning to notice some improvements. Although the parents have stated that they would never be able to find closure, they are hopeful that the next trial will provide them with some answers.
We will never forget those lost, and we will never stop working to make sure that all those responsible for the Lockerbie bombing are brought to justice.https://t.co/CDt1iRrhzB
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 11, 2022
Glenn Johnson emphasised that “we were never after revenge.” “We were seeking retribution. We needed answers as to what had occurred and why.” The court ordered Mas’ud’s arraignment to be postponed for a week. Without first consulting an attorney, he would not answer any questions. On December 27, he will return to court for further proceedings before his trial.
Each of the charges against him carries a potential sentence of life in prison or the death penalty. Since capital punishment was outlawed during the time of the bombing, the government has stated that it will not pursue it. The Johnsons have stated their intent to attend Mas’ud’s trial in person.
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