Recent Event Highlights: Fhimah & Megrahi's trial, Libya agrees to have trial, New trial proposal, Libya's trial proposal, Pan Am Flight 103 explodes, Pan Am Bomb threat, and 6 more...
Created by Lucicfan8 on Dec 27, 2010
Last updated: 01/07/11 at 04:01 AM
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Megrahi has terminal prostate cancer. He was released by Scots to go back to his homeland to die. A British cancer specialist said he had "three months to live". He returned to his home in Tripoli with his family and was treated like a hero. He's still alive.
The trial was held in a Scottish court in Camp Zeist, a former US air base. It was 20 miles south of Amsterdam. There were 3 judges.The US and the UK thought both men were guilty of creating and planting a bomb on flight 103, but apparently we did not have enough evidence. Fhimah was not guilty, and he was let free. Only Megrahi was found guilty of murder, and he was sentenced to life. This trial cost about $90million.
Libya agrees to have the trial. Little do we know, our investigators may have not found as much evidence as they thought they had. Libya believes the men are innocent.
Since the US and UK did not like Libya's first trial arrangement, they decided to offer a similar proposal. This trial would still be held in a neutral country, but it would have Scottish judges instead of international ones.
Libya agreed to a trial of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi & Khalifa Fhimah to be held in a neutral country with international judges. US & UK refuse this idea. (To the left is a picture of a seating chart of flight 103. These are all the people that died.)
The US and UK wanted Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi &Lamin Khalifa Fhimah(bombers) tried in an American or British court, but Libyan dictator, Muammar Qaddafi, refused to let them. They went to the UN to get help. The UN imposed sanctions over Libya, which hurt Libya financially. They still refused.
Fragments of the circuit board of the bomb were similar to Mohammad al-Marzouk's bombs. al-Marzouk had been arrested 10 months before the crash carrying a timer in an airport made by manufacturer, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi. It is believed that a man named Lamin Khalifa Fhimah, who worked at a Libyan Arab Airlines, got explosives to create the bomb. Megrahi planted the bomb.
About a week after the plane crashed, police officers and soldiers began to search for an improvised explosive device (IED). They soon found some clothes that may have been in the same suitcase as the bomb. (a brown Samsonite suitcase with a radio-cassette player inside that held the bomb) An investigator went to the outlet where some pants from the suitcase were made, and the owner said he sold them to a Libyan 2 weeks before the crash.
Flight 103 is finally in the air. At 6:56pm, it is now 31,000 feet high. Nobody knows that in less than 10 minutes, they will all be dead and they will never make it to New York.
Pan Am flight 103 left its gate at Heathrow Airport in London around 6:25pm. It was heading for New York. Many of the passengers were American citizens. About 30 were college students at Syracuse University. There was a total of 243 passengers and 16 crew members.
Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie,Scotland at 7:03pm. Pieces of the plane and dead bodies are spread over 50 square miles. One of the wings hit the ground creating a 155ft long crater and displacing approximately 1500 tons of dirt. The nose of the plane landed about 4 miles from Lockerbie. 21 houses were destroyed.
*Total deaths= 270 people*
About 2 weeks before the attack, Pan American World Airways was told of a bomb threat. It was not specified when it would take place, or on what flight. Pan Am decided to alert the government and other airports and airways, but not travelers.