DoJ announced new charges against a former Libyan intelligence operative, Abu Agela Masud Kheir Al-Marimi, aka, ‘Hasan Abu Ojalya Ibrahim’ (Masud), for his role in building the bomb that killed 270 individuals in the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988.
According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, the External Security Organization (ESO) was the Libyan intelligence service through which Libya conducted acts of terrorism against other nations and repressed the activities of Libyan dissidents abroad. Masud worked in various capacities for the ESO, including as a technical expert in building explosive devices from approximately 1973 to 2011.
According to the affidavit, Masud participated in the ‘Lockerbie airplane bombing,’ among other plots against the United States and the west, including but not limited to, the April 5, 1986, bombing of the LaBelle Discotheque in West Berlin, Germany. Two U.S. service members were killed in that attack and scores of others left seriously injured or permanently disabled. (Source: U.S. Department of Justice)