Libya to allow questioning of former spy chief over Lockerbie

The Libyan Justice Minister has told ITV News that British and American authorities will be allowed to question Muammar Gaddafi's former intelligence chief over the Lockerbie bombing

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Lockerbie victim's father: UK 'looking in wrong place'

A minister who lost his 19-year-old daughter in the Lockerbie bombing told ITV News the government are "looking in the wrong place" for the perpetrators after UK authorities were given permission to interview Muammar Gaddafi's former intelligence chief.

Read: Libya to allow Lockerbie suspect questioning

Reverend John Mosey said he was "very sceptical of any good" coming from the interview with Abdullah Senussi because the link between the 1988 disaster and Libya had been "blown out of the water."

He also added that the new Libyan regime are "desperate to pin it all on Gaddafi."

Read: Profile of Libya's former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi

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Factfile: The 1988 Lockerbie bombing disaster

The Libyan Justice Minister has told ITV News that UK and US authorities will be allowed to interview Muammar Gaddafi's former intelligence chief over the Lockerbie bombing.

Here is what we know about the biggest terrorist attack on British territory:

  • 270 people were killed in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
  • Libyan intelligence officer, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, is the only person to have been convicted in connection with the attack
  • Megrahi was released from jail by the Scottish government on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with prostate cancer
  • He died last year still protesting his innocence
  • Since the fall of the Gaddafi regime in 2011, British investigators have been working to establish if there are other individuals in Libya who could be brought to trial for their involvement in the attack

Read: Profile of Libya's former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi

Exclusive: Lockerbie victims' families deserve answers

The families of the Lockerbie bombing victims deserve to finally know what happened to their loved ones in the 1988 disaster, the Libyan Justice Minister told ITV News.

Read: Palestinian group denies involvement in Lockerbie

Salah Margani said: "In order to learn the lessons of history and give rest and assurances and comfort to the families of the victims - we should know everything about what happened to their loved ones during that terrible, terrible crime.

"I'm sure that all Libyans feel extremely ashamed that the name of Libya should, even in the time of Gaddafi, be connected to such a horrible crime."

Mr Margani also told ITV News that UK and US authorities would be allowed to question Muammar Gaddafi's former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi over the Lockerbie bombing.

Profile: Libya's former intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi

Abdullah Senussi was director of Libya's feared military intelligence wing as well as the brother-in-law of the deposed former leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Abdullah Senussi in August 2011
Abdullah Senussi in August 2011 Credit: REUTERS/Paul Hackett

The 64-year-old played a key role in the military response to the uprising against Gaddafi and was eventually captured by fighters a month after the former ruler's death.

In June 2011, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Senussi over alleged crimes against humanity.

He is also accused of involvement in the bombing of a French airliner in 1998, and the Abu Salim prison massacre two years prior in which an estimated 1,200 prisoners were killed.

Exclusive: Libya to allow Lockerbie suspect questioning

The Libyan Justice Minister has told ITV News that British and American authorities will be allowed to question Muammar Gaddafi's former intelligence chief over the Lockerbie bombing.

When asked whether Abdullah Senussi could be questioned, Salah Margani said: "Yes this is the intention.

"What we are working on is finalising the arrangements for this as much as obtaining the evidence that's available with the UK and US authorities. We all need to know the facts."

Read: Palestinian group denies involvement in Lockerbie

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