Democracy Now: Lockerbie Bomber Maintained Innocence in Private Correspondence With Libyan Officials


In other Libya news, the Wall Street Journal is reporting the Libyan convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988 has maintained his innocence, even in private correspondence with Libya officials. The newspaper has obtained a letter written by Abdel Baset al-Megrahi to Libya’s intelligence chief. In the letter Megrahi wrote, “I am an innocent man.” The Journal obtained the letter after gaining access to the former intelligence chief’s office. Megrahi served eight-and-half years in prison in Britain, but was released in August 2009 because of his failing health. He is now in a coma in Libya. The letter is likely to spark new questions about Megrahi’s involvement in the bombing that killed 243 passengers and 16 crew members. On Monday, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond says Scottland does not plan to seek his extradition.
Alex Salmond, Scottish First Minister: “He’s under Scottish jurisdiction. We have not, and never have, had any intention of calling for his extradition. And it’s been made clear by the Libyan Transitional Council who are the new duly constituted legal authority in Libya that, even if there had been, they would have no intention of agreeing to it.”

~ by wheresthemic on August 30, 2011.

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