New suspect to be charged over Lockerbie airline bombing which killed 270 people
The man suspected of being the Lockerbie plane bomb maker is set to face an extradition battle, reports say.
US prosecutors are said to be pushing to have him brought to America for trial.
Officials are reportedly poised to unseal charges against Agila Mohammad Masud, alleged to be the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi’s top explosives expert.
The US Government allege he assembled the device that blew up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie.
The Boeing 747 was brought down by a bomb over southern Scotland on 21 December 1988.
All 259 passengers and crew were killed, along with 11 residents of Lockerbie.
The move raises the possibility of a first U.S. trial related to the terror attack.
Masud is currently held by Libyan authorities.
Sources claimed America will seek his extradition in the coming days.
In 2001, a Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands ruled that the bombing had been carried out by Abdelbaset al Megrahi, a member of the Libyan intelligence service.
He was jailed for life but released on compassionate grounds in 2009 when he had terminal cancer, and died three years later in Tripoli.
Five years ago, Scotland’s Crown Office asked Libyan authorities for permission to interview two then-unnamed men who were in custody following the revolution which toppled Gaddafi’s regime.
Prosecutors said there was a “proper basis in law” to treat the men as suspects.
The men were Abdullah Senussi, Gaddafi’s brother in law and former intelligence chief and Masud.
Senussi was sentenced in 2015 to death by a Libyan court but is still alive and in custody.
Masud was sentenced by the same court to 10 years in prison for bomb-making.