WASHINGTON, D.C. (Newsource) – They’ve waited 34 years for this day. Families of those who died during the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing are speaking out. They’re reacting to news from the Justice Department, that the alleged bomb maker is in U.S. custody.
A Libyan man accused of being involved in making the bomb that destroyed Pan Am flight 103 over the town of Lockerbie in December 1988 is now in US custody, authorities in the United States and Scotland said Sunday.
The US charged Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi for his alleged involvement in the bombing two years ago, a spokesman for the UK Crown Office and Prosecutor Fiscal Service said.
The attack killed 270 people as the bomb detonated over the Scottish town as it flew from London to New York.
The U.S. initially charged the suspect two years ago when he was in Libyan custody. His initial hearing now in the U.S. District Court of Washington, D.C., according to the DOJ.
“We have the fortitude, number one the determination of the families to keep fighting after 34 years, but also the fortitude of our government to keep fighting and hold those people accountable,” explained Kara Weipz, sister of a victim.
Only one person has ever gone to prison for the attack. A former Libyan intelligence official was convicted in 2008. He was sentenced to life in prison, but released just before he died of cancer.