Newspaper: Lockerbie Bomber Blackmailed Moammar Gadhafi

Lockerbie and Libya: A Study in International Relations
Newspaper: Lockerbie Bomber Blackmailed Gadhafi
Sunday, February 27th, 2011 - VOA

A former Libyan justice minister tells a British newspaper that Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi blackmailed Moammar Gadhafi into getting him out of a Scottish prison.

Mustafa Abdel-Jalil tells London's Sunday Times that al-Megrahi threatened to “reveal everything” unless Mr. Gadhafi worked to free him.

Abdel-Jalil told Sweden's Expressen newspaper last week that Mr. Gadhafi personally ordered the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people. Abdel-Jalil resigned last week.

Mr. Gadhafi has always denied knowing about plans for the bombing, but he accepted responsibility on behalf of Libya in 2003.

Al-Megrahi is the only person convicted for the Lockerbie bombing. Scotland freed him from prison on humanitarian grounds in 2009 when doctors said he had cancer and only months to live. He remains alive and free in Libya, infuriating the Pan Am victims' families.

Newspaper: Lockerbie Bomber Blackmailed Gadhafi

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