An uproar in Libya..the mysterious disappearance of a suspect in the Lockerbie bombing

During the past hours, the Libyan street was buzzing with the news of the disappearance of Abu Ajila Masoud Al-Marimi, one of the suspects in the famous “Lockerbie bombing” case that took place in 1988, and who is wanted for trial in America, in mysterious circumstances from inside his prison in the capital, Tripoli.

The local media was preoccupied with the news of the disappearance of Al-Marimi from his prison, in which he has been located since 2011, and he is an official in the intelligence apparatus during the era of the former regime of the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, after he was convicted of charges related to the fatal accident that killed 270 people, including 190 Americans during a trip. He flew between London and New York, and at the end of 2020 he was charged with several charges in the United States for his “involvement in planning and manufacturing the bomb” that brought down the plane over the “Lockerbie” area, and for committing crimes related to terrorism.

of the Lockerbie bombing

of the Lockerbie bombing

Was he kidnapped?!

The news of the disappearance of the former intelligence official, whom Washington is calling for his deportation to US soil for trial, sparked widespread controversy in the country, amid growing suspicions of his kidnapping and the possibility of his extradition, which may constitute additional pressure on the Libyan state, fears reinforced by media statements by Foreign Minister Naglaa al-Manqoush a year ago. , in which she said that “her country is ready to cooperate with Washington to extradite a suspect in the Lockerbie bombing case,” noting that there are “coming positive results” in this regard.

In this context, the High Council of State called on the Tripoli authorities to clarify the circumstances of this mysterious disappearance, warning that this was related to the investigations into the Lockerbie case.

File open warning

The Council also announced, in a statement yesterday evening, Saturday, its refusal to reopen the Lockerbie file by some local authorities and bring it back to the fore again, due to its lack of any political or legal justifications, stressing its lack of commitment to all the entitlements of this procedure towards the Libyan state. .

He pointed out that the case file was completely closed politically and legally, according to the text of the agreement concluded between the United States of America and the Libyan state on 08/14/2008.

In turn, the National Security Adviser, Ibrahim Bushnaf, warned, in a statement, against raising this file again, calling on all patriots and political entities to line up to prevent this, away from the political conflict, noting that “this issue, if it was raised again and became the subject of a criminal investigation, will plunge Libya into a Decades of promiscuity.

On the other hand, no clarifications were issued by the National Unity Government headed by Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba, to respond to the accusations leveled against the armed militia loyal to it of kidnapping al-Muraimi.

It is noteworthy that Lockerbie is a sensitive political and criminal file for the Libyans, most of whom refuse to reopen it, especially since it cost the state huge financial losses during the rule of Muammar Gaddafi, as compensation was paid to the families of the victims estimated at $2.7 billion.

Likewise, most Libyans strongly oppose the extradition of a Libyan citizen to be tried abroad, while others believe that their country is innocent of all the accusations it is pursuing in this case!

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