HCS denounces moves to reopen Lockerbie case

HCS denounces moves to reopen Lockerbie case

November 20, 2022 - 11:01
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The High Council of State (HCS) has dismissed efforts to reopen the Lockerbie case insisting that the issue was closed politically and legally per an agreement signed between the United States and Libya on August 14, 2008.

In a statement on Saturday, the council said that the moves to reopen the case lack the political and legal justifications as it urged the disclosure of the fate of Libyan national Bouajila Massoud.

"The HCS will not commit to any entitlements that result from this procedure towards the Libyan state," the HCS said.

It called on the House of Representatives, the Presidential Council, and the Attorney General to join forces and take action to end "this absurdity."

The statement noted that while the HCS affirmed its disapproval of such a crime that involved bringing down a civilian plane over the city of Lockerbie and its rejection of all forms of terrorism, it urges the security authorities to investigate the circumstances of the disappearance of Bouajila Massoud Al-Marimi after his name came up in the investigations into the case.

The Libyan National Security Adviser, Ibrahim Bushnaf, had warned Friday against bringing the Lockerbie case to the surface again, calling on all "patriots" and political entities to line up to block such attempts away from the political conflict.

Identical sources reported the disappearance of Al-Marimi, confirming that an unidentified armed force took him from his home in Abu Salim, Tripoli, while his whereabouts remained unknown.

Loyalists of the former Gaddafi regime said that Al-Marimi - a former Libyan intelligence official - is prisoned in Misrata upon US accusations that he made the bomb that brought down the Lockerbie plane, claiming that the Government of National Unity agreed to extradite him to the United States.

The Libyan government, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had no immediate statement on the arrest of Al-Marimi.