Last year, OSINT News wrote an article Top Secret CIA Documents Released On Lockerbie Bombing and it is quite revealing. On November 14, 1991 the United States and Britain announced criminal charges against two Libyan intelligence officers, the now deceased Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi , and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah. In August of 1998, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi announced that his country would accept the United States and British plan to put the two suspects on trial by a Scottish court convened in the Netherlands. On April 5th, 1999 the two suspects were transported from Libya to the Netherlands. After a 40 week trial, on January 31, 2001, a three judge panel returned a guilty verdict against Abdel Baset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi. The judges believed that Megrahi was a Libyan intelligence agent of fairly high rank. However, they tossed out much of the prosecution witnesses' evidence as false or questionable regarding Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah, and acquitted him.
The Libyan Megrahi was sentenced to life imprisonment in Scotland, but in 2009 he applied to be released from jail on "compassionate grounds". His appeal was granted and on the 20th of August 2009 he was released from prison.
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