Yesterday was the 24th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am 103. The truth behind that attack remains in shadow, but there may be light at the end of that tunnel.
The new Libyan government in Tripoli stated that they intend to open their files on the tragedy, and hand them over to Scottish authorities eventually. Libya’s ambassador to the UK, Mahmud Nacua, stated that his new government intends to give information on the bombing that killed 270 in 1988 as soon as the Libyan government is more settled and stable.
Nacua suggested that may happen in a year’s time, so it is possible that on the 25th anniversary of the attack, the families of the victims may finally have the answers they have been asking for from the beginning. While Scottish authorities are hopeful that they may be able to bring charges against additional Libyans in this, the fact remains that time is not on their side. The only one charged thus far, bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, died earlier this year of cancer. It’s not unreasonable to think that many, if not all, of his co-conspirators have died in the intervening years – either from illness, or from violence. However, there is the possibility of getting some closure from at least finally knowing the names.