Libyan dictator, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, did order the Lockerbie bombing of the Pan Am 103 Flight that killed 270 people in Scotland, United Kingdom, in 1988. The startling revelation came from one of Gaddafi’s ex-ministers, last night, who claimed he has evidence to prove his claim.
Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, who until last week was Libya’s justice minister said: “I have a proof that Gaddafi gave the order about Lockerbie.” Mr Abdel-Jalil, who was not happy with the treatment of anti-government demonstrations and resigned in protest, last night attacked the Libyan government.
Mr Gaddafi’s government accepted responsibility for the bombing that killed Americans, British and other nationalities and paid compensation to the families of the victims but Gaddafi himself has never personally admitted to having given the order. Instead he agreed to hand over the culprit, Abdel- Baset al-Megrahi to the Scottish authorities in the UK.
Mr al-Megrahi was jailed in Scotland in 2001 for the attacks but later released on compassionate ground in August 2009 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
But the Libyan former justice minister, Abdel-Jalil claimed al-Megrahi received his orders from Gaddafi. He said: “To hide it, Col. Gaddafi did everything in his power to get al-Megrahi back from Scotland.”
The Americans have always been opposed to the release of al-Megrahi and questioned the Scottish government wisdom in releasing him. In fact, the issue caused confusion about the devolution of powers in Britain, with the most powerful Westminster government in England saying the decision to release the bomber entirely rest on Scotland.
Now the Scottish government say ‘ministers have never doubted the safety of the conviction’ of al-Megrahi. They now say they are monitoring events in Libya in case they have new lead.
Bob Monetti, an American whose son was killed in the plane bombing said: “I can’t wait until we see the pictures of Gaddafi hanging by his heels.”
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