London agrees to try Lockerbie suspects in the Hague
Libya-UK, Politics, 7/31/1998
Through its ambassador in Cairo, London informed the Arab League of its approval of Arab proposals to try the two Libyans accused of being involved in Lockerbie case in the Hague according to Scottish law.
Meanwhile, Arab League Secretary-General Esmat Abdul Meguid said he exchanged with the British ambassador viewpoints regarding all matters pertaining to recent developments, foremost being the consent of both the US and Britain to try the two Libyans in a neutral court, namely in the Hague. The British ambassador said legislative procedure is at the core of current discussions between his country, the U.S., and Holland on holding the trial at The Hague.
Meanwhile Abdul Meguid expressed his confidence in Scotland's law and his conviction that a just trial will provide the truth and end the suffering of the victims' families that have sought this trial for a long time.
The AL chief added that the consent of the UK and the US is an important step toward settling the issue of Lockerbie by legal and peaceful means, ending the sanctions imposed on Libya and alleviating the sufferings of the Libyan people as a result of the sanctions imposed since 1992. Libya has been under international sanctions for refusing to hand over the two Libyan suspects in the bombing of a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing 270 people.
On Tuesday, the USA also notified the Arab League of its acceptance that the trial be held by a Scottish court in a neutral country.
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