America intends to prosecute Abu-Ageila.. and Libyan refused to reopen the Lockerbie case

The Libyan National Security Council announced its refusal to reopen Lockerbie case That was settled between Libya and the United States since 2008, in response to Washington’s announcement of its intention to prosecute Abu Ajila Masoud al-Marimi, one of the suspects in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

And the Scottish judiciary announced, on Sunday, the presence of “Abu Ageila Masoud Al-Marimi” in the United States of America, in preparation for his trial, a month after announcing his disappearance and kidnapping in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, by an armed group, in news that surprised the Libyans.

Commenting on this, National Security Adviser Ibrahim Abu Shanaf, in a statement, expressed his astonishment at the trial of “Abu Ageila Masoud Al-Marimi” in America in the Lockerbie case, which was settled according to an agreement signed in June 2006, which stipulates that “after the payment of funds and compensation, it is not permissible to open Any new claims for any acts committed by the two parties against the other before the date of the agreement.

He added that the United States, according to the agreement, committed itself to “providing sovereign and diplomatic immunity for Libya, and that the families of the victims will not receive any compensation from the joint fund designated for this purpose only after this immunity is provided.”

of the Lockerbie bombing

of the Lockerbie bombing

Abushanaf added that in August 2008, the US Congress passed Law No. 110/30, which was introduced by the current Vice President and President, Joe Biden, which stipulates that “the Libyan property and individuals involved in the Lockerbie case shall be safe from seizure or any other judicial procedure,” in addition to In 2008, former US President George W. Bush issued a presidential decree stipulating his country’s commitment to “completely ending any future claims and closing any cases opened by the families of the victims, whether before domestic or foreign courts.”

For his part, Abdel Moneim Al-Marimi, the nephew of Abu Ajila, told Al-Arabiya that his family was surprised that he was handed over to the United States of America, noting that the family tried in vain to contact official authorities in Libya.

It is noteworthy that Abu Ageila, an official of the intelligence apparatus during the era of the former regime, was convicted of charges related to the fatal accident that killed 270 people, including 190 Americans during a flight between London and New York, and he was charged at the end of 2020, charges in the United States of “his involvement.” In planning and manufacturing the bomb” that brought down the plane over the “Lockerbie” area and in committing crimes related to terrorism, and requested the Libyan authorities to extradite him in preparation for his trial.

His retrial in the United States of America raises fears inside Libya of reviving the Lockerbie case and demanding new financial compensation, which could put additional pressure on the Libyan state, which is experiencing an acute political crisis and a state of instability.

The Lockerbie case is a sensitive political and criminal file for the Libyans, most of whom refuse to reopen this file, which cost the state huge financial losses during Muammar Gaddafi’s rule to compensate the families of the victims ($2.7 billion), and strongly oppose the extradition of a Libyan citizen for trial abroad, as they believe in the innocence of their country. Of all the accusations you’re pursuing in this case.

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