Tripoli, 21 December 2013:
The Libyan, UK and US governments have confirmed their commitment to ongoing investigations into the bombing of Pan . . .[restrict]Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people.
“We want all those responsible for this most brutal act of terrorism brought to justice, and to understand why it was committed,” the governments said in a joint statement released on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy. “We are committed to cooperate fully in order to reveal the full facts of the case.”
They said full support would be provided to the investigation team to enable them to complete their enquiries successfully.
“We are striving to further deepen our cooperation and welcome the visit by UK and US investigators to Libya in the near future to discuss all aspects of that cooperation, including sharing of information and documents and access to witnesses,” the statement said.
The governments also reiterated their deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the tragedy.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron said today that Lockerbie remained one of the worst aviation disasters in history and the deadliest act of terrorism ever committed in the UK.
Pan Am Flight 103 was blown up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie at 7.03 pm on 21 December 1988, killing 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 local residents.
The only person ever charged in connection with the bombing was Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi who was jailed in 2001. He was released eight years later on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Three days ago, Justice Minister Salah Marghani said Qaddafi-era spy chief Abdullah Senussi, who is being held in a Libya prison, would be questioned by British and American investigators.