Relatives of victims of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing are feeling more hopeful in their quest for justice after US authorities arrested the accused Libyan bombmaker.
Fox Nation host Piers Morgan, whose friend was killed aboard Pan Am Flight 103, has joined ‘Fox & Friends’ to discuss the decades-long fight for justice in the the deadliest terrorist attack on British soil.
“It was an absolute abomination, and the fact that only one person was convicted of an offense related to what was clearly a fairly widespread conspiracy is a complete disgrace,” Morgan told ‘Fox & Friends’ on Monday. . “It’s a failure of a justice system.”
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“I’m relieved it’s come to some form of accountability and someone will now have to face another trial, but there were clearly more than two of them involved anyway,” Morgan continued. . “And the fact that it has taken so long now, the 30 years to bring the second to any form of justice, is an outrage.”
Morgan’s friend Jo Hudson was a 22-year-old British nurse at the time she was killed. Hudson was working with Morgan’s wife at the time.
He remembers the moment he received the phone call from his wife to reveal the heartbreaking news of her passing.
“They were all absolutely devastated that such a beautiful person had been murdered in such a horrific way,” Morgan said. “To see now, decades later, the very slow wheels of justice are finally starting to pay off, I think it’s probably down to the family – I can’t speak for them – but I certainly feel it myself, as someone who knew one of the victims, a deep sense of relief and exasperation took all this time, frankly.”
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US officials said the suspect, Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi, was arrested on Sunday.
“He is expected to make his first appearance in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia,” said a justice department spokesperson confirmed to Fox News. “Additional details, including information regarding public access to the initial appearance, will be forthcoming.”
Pan Am Flight 103 was traveling from London to New York on December 21, 1988 when it exploded over the small Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing all 259 people on board and 11 people on the ground.
Among the 190 Americans who died in the attack were 35 Syracuse University students, including 20-year-old Rick Minetti. His sister Kara Weipz joined “Fox & Friends” to discuss how the arrest is a major step in the quest for justice for her brother.
“As for our government, it proves that in three decades it hasn’t stopped,” Weipz told co-host Steve Doocy. “They have kept this case open all the time. Investigators have continued to investigate, FBI agents, prosecutors have continued to search for evidence and work on a case at the Justice Department, and the families have not stopped. “
“We have kept this at the forefront of six administrations, and yesterday he was taken into custody in the United States, another person responsible for the murder of our loved ones,” she continued.
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The suspect will face charges in a Washington, DC court on Monday.
He is only the second person to face justice for the attack. Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was found guilty of the attack but released in 2009 with terminal cancer.