Man extradited to US over Pan Am bombing in Lockerbie in 1988

Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud was extradited to the United States over his role of the Lockerbie bombing
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Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud, a Libyan national who was charged with the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, which crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland, was extradited to the United States (US) and is in the control of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).   

The then-US Attorney General William Barr charged Mas’ud with building the explosive device that brought down the Boeing 747 operating Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) with stops at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The bomb exploded following its first stopover in LHR, as it was flying above Lockerbie, Scotland.  

Known as the Lockerbie bombing, the accident resulted in 270 fatalities: 259 were onboard the aircraft and 11 on the ground, becoming the deadliest crash in the United Kingdom. The former Libyan intelligence agents joins two other Libyan nationals who were put on trial regarding the event. Both Abdelbaset al-Megrahi and Lamin Khalifa Fhimah stood in front of a Scottish court in the Netherlands in 1991, as the latter country was chosen as a neutral ground for the case. While Fhimah was acquitted, Megrahi received a life sentence in 2001 but was released in 2009 following a prostate cancer diagnosis. He died in 2012.  

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