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Lockerbie bombing: A suspect will appear in court for the first time on Monday in DC


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A Libyan accused of helping to make the bomb that destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 over the town of Lockerbie in December 1988 is due to appear in court for the first time on Monday afternoon in a hearing of impeachment in Washington, DC.

US and Scottish authorities announced on Sunday that the suspect, Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi, is now in US custody. The United States has charged Al-Marimi for his alleged involvement in the bombing two years ago, a spokesperson for the British Crown Office and the Public Prosecutor’s Tax Service told CNN.

Al-Marimi is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. ET in federal court in Washington.

He had been detained in Libya for unrelated crimes when he was charged by the Justice Ministry two years ago.

The attack killed 270 people when the bomb exploded over the Scottish city as it flew from London to New York, and it remains the deadliest terror attack to take place in the UK.

Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi was accused along with Al Amin Khalifah Fhimah of planting explosives in a portable radio cassette player which was inside a suitcase on the plane. Megrahi was sentenced in 2001 to 27 years in prison, but was released from prison after being diagnosed with cancer. He died in 2012. Fhimah was acquitted.

This story is broken and will be updated.

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