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New twist in investigation of Lockerbie bombing


Relatives of Lockerbie victims welcome naming of new suspects
Relatives of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing have welcomed the naming of two new suspects. US and Scottish prosecutors have now asked Libyan authorities for permission to interview the men, the BBC reports.
The bombing of Pan Am 103 flight in 1988 killed 270 people. The only person convicted for the disaster was Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who died in 2012. His part in the bombing has repeatedly been doubted.
The new suspects are named as Mohammed Abouajela Masud and Abdullah al-Senussi. Both are in prison in Libya. Senussi, who was the brother-in-law of former Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi as well as his intelligence chief, is awaiting execution. Masud is behind bars for bomb making.
The two men were named as possible suspects in an American TV documentary last month.
“There are many, many people who I hope are not sleeping so well tonight knowing that the Scottish government and the US government are committed to pursuing this case,” said Stephanie Bernstein, whose husband was killed in the attack, adding that she was “surprised, delighted and really gratified” by the news.


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