Lokerbie bomb trial adjourned due to delay in getting lawyer

WASHINGTON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Libya’s intelligence agency has accused the suspect of making the bomb that blew up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing 270 people. it was postponed on Wednesday due to the delay and challenges of securing a defense. lawyer.

Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi, 71, is the first suspect in the attack to face criminal charges in the United States.

A bomb exploded on a Boeing 747 over Lockerbie while flying from London to New York in December 1988. All 259 people on board were killed, with another 11 killed on the ground.

U.S. District Judge Moxila Upadhyaya officially appointed federal attorney Whitney Minter to act on his behalf on Wednesday, after Minter said Mas’ud’s family could not stop the murders. their own lawyers.

Minter said Mas’ud had no major assets and had been unemployed for a decade. He makes the mortgage payments on a house in Libya, and his children help pay for his living and medical expenses.

Minter asked for another time to consider the charge and before giving a plea or giving the request of the government to keep him in prison pending the proceedings of his subject.

His trial is scheduled for February 8, and the judge set the date for Feb. 23.

The Department of Justice alleges that Mas’ud, who is from Tunisia and Libya, confessed his crimes to a Libyan law enforcement agency back in September 2012.

It took the FBI years to collect evidence before they were able to arrest and extradite him to the United States.

In 1991, two other Libyan police officers, Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, were charged with the bombing.

In a Scottish court before the court at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands, Megrahi was convicted of the 2001 bombing and sentenced to life in prison. He was later released after suffering from cancer and died at his home in Tripoli in 2012.

Fhimah was acquitted of all charges, but Scottish prosecutors have maintained that Megrahi did not act alone.

In Mas’ud’s case, lawyers do not intend to seek the death penalty because it was not legally available at the time the crimes were committed.

Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch Editing by Alistair Bell and Lisa Shumaker

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