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April 22, 1998: Libya agrees to Lockerbie trial

Gaddafi gave his personal agreement that the suspects could stand trial

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Two Policemen Guarding the High Court of Justiciary in Camp Zeist, Netherlands, where Lockerbie trail will start. - Gulf News Archives
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1998 - Libya has agreed to hand over the two suspects in the 1988 bombing of a US airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, for trial by a panel chaired by a Scottish judge named by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the spokesman for the families of the British victims said. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi gave his personal agreement that the suspects could stand trial before a panel of five judges, Jim Swire said on his return to Britain from a visit to Libya. “We also suggested that the other four judges be nominated by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan,” said Swire, who lost his daughter in the 1988 bombing of a PanAm plane in which 270 people were killed. Swire and Edinburgh University Scottish law professor Robert Black met the Libyan leader and other suspects.

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