What Does Gaddafi’s Ex-Spy Chief Know About Lockerbie?

By IndepthAfrica
In Article
Sep 6th, 2012

Now that Abdullah al-Senussi has been extradited back to Libya, Scottish prosecutors are expected to try and question him about the 1988 bombing of PanAm Flight 103, which killed 270 people.

By Duncan Gardham

The notorious head of Libyan intelligence at the time of the Lockerbie bombing and the shooting of PC Yvonne Fletcher could at last face questioning by British police after he was extradited back to Libya.

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Abdullah al-Senussi became a hate-figure in his home country as head of an intelligence machinery responsible for the mistreatment of thousands of opponents of the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, his brother-in-law.

He was also allegedly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent people abroad as the man behind the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and the bombing of a French aircraft over Niger the following year.

Nicknamed the “butcher” and known as Gaddafi’s “black box” because of the secrets he supposedly holds, the new Libyan regime has been negotiating for months with Mauritania where he fled following the fall of the Gaddafi regime last September.

Scottish prosecutors are now expected to ask for permission to question him over their continuing inquiry into the bombing of PanAm Flight 103 over the town of Lockerbie in December 1988 which killed 270 people.

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer, was extradited by Libya and convicted of the bombing in 2001 but released from jail eight years later on compassionate grounds because he was dying from cancer. He died in May this year.

The Gaddafi regime accepted responsibility for the attack in May 2002 and offered to pay $2.7 billion in compensation to relatives of the victims but never revealed who else was involved.

Earlier this year, Abdurrahim El-Keib, Libya’s transitional Prime Minister, said he was convinced that Senussi could also name the person who shot Pc Yvonne Fletcher during a siege outside the Libyan embassy in London in 1984.

France would like to see Senussi face justice following the conviction, in his absence, for his role in the bombing of a French passenger plane flying over Niger that resulted in the deaths of 170 people in 1989.
Senussi, 62, is also wanted by the International Criminal Court, and is accused in Libya of responsibility for some of the worst atrocities during Gaddafi’s 42-year rule. Read More HERE

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