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FBI investigating Lockerbie case withdraws from Libya amid war

The investigators of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who followed the investigations on the incident of Pan Am Flight 103, have withdrawn from Libya due to the ongoing conflict in Tripoli, according to The Sunday Post.

The families of the victims believed that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who is the only person convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and who was released from prison because of a serious illness almost 10 years ago, was not responsible for the terrorist attack, The Sunday Post said on Sunday.

On Dec. 21, 1988, the Pan Am flight from London to New York was bombed 31,000 feet over Lockerbie, Scotland, 38 minutes after take-off from London, killing all 259 people, the majority of whom were American, on the plane and 11 people in Lockerbie.

Megrahi, a Libyan who was head of security for Libyan Arab Airlines, was put in a Scottish prison for 27 years in 2001 after being accused of the plane’s explosion.

But, he was released on compassionate grounds in 2009 as he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and died at the age of 60 three years later.

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