Wednesday, 21 November 2012

More from the archive

[For the benefit of followers of this blog who may be feeling bereft in the traditional fallow period in the run-up to an anniversary of the destruction of Pan Am 103, here is an item that was posted here four years ago today:]

Nearly two decades after the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, the families of the 180 Americans aboard the plane said Thursday they had received full compensation from Libya for the loss of their loved ones.

At the same time, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's son, who is in Washington on a private visit following an unprecedented phone call this week between his father and President Bush. (...)

Under the agreement worked out between US and Libyan officials in August, Libya agreed to hand over $1.5 billion to finish compensation payments to families of Americans killed on Pan Am 103, those killed and wounded in a 1986 attack on a Berlin disco, and resolve other claims for property and personal damages.

The agreement also called for $300 million in compensation to be paid for the Libyan victims of U.S. airstrikes that were ordered by former President Reagan in retaliation for the Berlin bombing. The Bush administration says no taxpayer money will be used for those payments but has not said where the money is coming from. (...)

Libya completed payments into the compensation fund in late October, clearing the last hurdle in restoration of full normalization of diplomatic relations between Washington and Tripoli, and the Treasury began transfers to the Lockerbie families earlier this month. In return, Bush restored Libya's sovereign immunity from terror-related lawsuits.

[From Matthew Lee of the news agency Associated Press. The full article can be read here. The deal covers the families of all Lockerbie victims, not just the American ones.]


  1. I hope it all doesn't become just a sad archive. My optimism falters a little at times.

  2. I recall Saif al-Islam Gaddafi saying “the families are very greedy, they keep asking for more and more money”!

    And the figures are impressive, even after the lawyers cut.

    But I doubt it was the families asking for more and more, but the American Government (in practice CIA) insisting on very high payments as part of the smokescreen, that surrounds this case.

    The practical and propaganda value of high payments include:

    •They compromise the USA victims’ families from pursuing the truth.

    •It looks like an admission of guilt if the Libyans are prepared to pay so much.

    •It encourages the public to talk about the money rather than the details of the Lockerbie Case.

    Fortunately this has not deterred the UK families and JfM from pursuing the truth.

  3. Vronsky - don't worry, the current lack of overt action is "Le silence de la mer".

    For once I actually agree with Dave. That's a perceptive analysis.