Almost twenty years after the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie in Scotland, the relatives of the American victims have begun to receive compensation from Libya.
180 US citizens were among the 269 on board who died, along with 11 people on the ground. The money comes from a 1.1 billion euro fund for the US victims of Libyan-linked terrorism in the 1980’s.
Compensation will also be paid to those involved in the 1986 attack on the Labelle disco in Berlin, while the remainder will settle claims for other deaths, injuries and damage caused by Libyan agents.
In return, the US money will also pay money to the victims of its 1986 bombing raids on Tripoli and Benghazi.
Libya’s payment into the fund clears the last hurdle in full normalisation of ties between Washington and Tripoli, which plummeted during the 1980’s.