The Libyan Justice Minister, Khaled Masoud, said Fathi Bashagha’s government is to form a team of lawyers to defend Abu Agila al-Marimi, who was extradited to the United States for alleged involvement in the 1988-Lockerbie bombing.
The Minister added, in an interview with Sputnik, “Despite our full belief that this person is innocent and his name was not mentioned during the Lockerbie investigations, the government will form a team of lawyers to defend him.”
He announced the Libyan government’s strong condemnation of what the US had done to arrest a Libyan person who enjoys all rights inside his country, and to detain him in this way and put him on trial without referring to the Libyan state.
The Minister of Justice confirmed that the Lockerbie case was settled legally and with international auspices, and that there were no longer any obligations on the Libyan side.
Masoud stated that the mandate of Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh government was expired, and what it had done (Marimi’s extradition) was contrary to international agreements, covenants and norms.
He indicated that they are in the process of preparing a complete legal memorandum and referring it to Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha to address the competent authorities, and to empower the al-Marimi’s defense team.