Department of Justice Brings Charges Against Third Person in Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Investigation
Josh Meyers, SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Department of Justice is charging former Libyan intelligence officer Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi for his role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. This comes on the 32nd anniversary of the attack on a flight that held 35 Syracuse University students.
The complaint against Masud claims that he built the bomb that downed the Pan Am airline over Lockerbie. The third charge follows two other charges that were filed against two other Libyan intelligence officers in 1991.
“At Syracuse University, 35 Remembrance Scholarships are awarded each year, with each participant representing a Syracuse student killed on the plane,” Barr said in a press conference Monday morning. The charges also come just hours before SU is holding a virtual memorial to remember the lives lost during the attack.
Luggage found in the crash, only sold in the Middle East, had residue from an explosive linking Masud back to the crash, according to US Attorney General Michael Sherwin. He says he believes that travel records indicate flight patterns by Masud and his co-conspirators were together to organize the attack.
Massud is currently in the custody of the Libyan government and Attorney General Barr says he has no concerns as to their plans for justice.
“It is with profound gratitude that I thank the law enforcement in Scotland for this investigation,” Barr said in the press conference.