US and Scottish authorities said on Sunday that the Libyan man suspected of making the bomb that destroyed a passenger plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 was in US custody.
Scotland’s Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said “the families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing have been told that the suspect Abu Agela Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi is in US custody”.
The US justice department said “he is expected to make his initial appearance in the US District Court for the District of Columbia”.
It gave no information on how Mas’ud came to be in US custody.
Pan Am flight 103, travelling from London to New York, exploded over Lockerbie on December 21, 1988, killing all 259 people aboard the plane and another 11 on the ground. It remains the deadliest terror attack on British soil.
The US justice department announced new charges against Mas’ud in December 2020 on the 32nd anniversary of the bombing.
“At long last, this man responsible for killing Americans and many others will be subject to justice for his crimes,” William Barr, the attorney-general at the time, said.