'Ex-minister says Gaddafi ordered Lockerbie bombing'

Libyan ruler personally ordered attack on flight that killed 270 people over Scotland, Swedish newspaper reports.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 23, 2011 17:43
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'Ex-minister says Gaddafi ordered Lockerbie bombing'

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STOCKHOLM  — Swedish tabloid Expressen says Libya's ex-justice minister claims Muammar Gaddafi personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people in 1988.

Expressen on Wednesday quoted Mustafa Abdel-Jalil as telling their correspondent in Libya that "I have proof that Gaddafi gave the order about Lockerbie." He didn't describe the proof.

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Abdel-Jalil stepped down as justice minister to protest the violence against anti-government demonstrations.

He told Expressen Gaddafi gave the order to Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed all 259 people on board and 11 on the ground.

"To hide it, he (Gaddafi) did everything in his power to get al-Megrahi back from Scotland," Abdel-Jalil was quoted as saying.

Al-Megrahi was granted a compassionate release from a Scottish prison in August 2009 on the grounds that he was suffering from prostate cancer and would die soon. He is still alive.

Expressen spokeswoman Alexandra Forslund said its reporter, Kassem Hamade, interviewed the ex-justice minister at "a local parliament in a large city in Libya." She didn't want to name the city, citing security concerns.

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