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Locherbie bomber lawyer is 'cynical' about US motivations around indictment

(Posted on 21/12/20)

Locherbie bomber lawyer is 'cynical' about US motivations around indictment

US media reports have claimed the Justice Department is expected to unseal charges with Abu Agila Mas’ud named as the Locherbie suspect who will be indicted.

Five appeal judges in Edinburgh are currently deliberating whether to acquit Abdelbaset al-Megrahi after the conclusion of the third appeal against his conviction last month. 

The lawyer acting for the Megrahi family, said the timing of the American announcement was suspect.

Aamer Anwar told the National newspaper: “How ‘convenient’ that this should happen just as the decision of the Megrahi miscarriage of justice appeal in the Scottish courts is awaited,” he said. “It’s difficult not to be cynical about the motivation of the Americans, that on the eve of the anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing as well as the appeal decision, the US now wish to indict an individual, 32 years after the bombing, what exactly have they been doing up until now?

“Why would the Attorney General William Barr wait just as he is about to step down from the Justice Department, considering that he has been involved with this case since 1991 … It is once again a matter of deep concern that the Americans claim to have shared information with Scottish authorities in 2017, yet for some reason this information was never disclosed to the Megrahi family’s legal team.”

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