The Lockerbie bombing was ordered personally by Colonel Gaddafi, according to quotes attributed to Libya’s ex-justice minister who resigned recently in protest at the clampdown on anti-government demonstrators.
270 people were killed when the Pan Am flight exploded over the Scottish town on its way to New York.
In an interview with Expressen, a Swedish tabloid newspaper, Mustafa Abdel-Jalil is quoted as saying he has proof that Gaddafi gave the order. The paper did not say what the proof was.
“The information that’s coming out today is the smoking gun that we’ve been waiting for for 23 years,” said Bert Ammerman, the brother of a passenger killed on board. “It’s now out in the open. A justice minister has clearly stated that Gaddafi ordered the bombing of Pan Am 103. That is an act of war. Finally an American administration can’t hide behind the rhetoric any longer. They must respond, they must react. President Obama, what are you going to do?”
The former minister reportedly said that Gaddafi gave the order to Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted of the bombing. He returned to Libya in 2009 after being freed from jail in Scotland on compassionate grounds.
Suffering from cancer, it was said that he was about to die.
He is still alive.