[What follows is the text of a message recently sent to the families of those who died in the Lockerbie tragedy:]
The following is a message from the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, which is the office responsible for prosecuting the Pan Am 103 case in the United States along with the Counterterrorism Section, National Security Division, of the United States Department of Justice.
As you are probably aware, the United States filed charges against Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in 1991 related to the bombing of Pan Am 103. At that time, the United States government asked the Court to issue an arrest warrant for him.
The Court periodically asks the government whether outstanding arrest warrants should remain open in cases that have been pending before the Court for significant lengths of time. We wanted to advise you that the Court has requested the government to address whether the warrant for the arrest of Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi should remain open, and the Court has set a status conference for that purpose on December 8, 2015.
Given Al-Megrahi’s death, the government intends to notify the Court that the pending prosecution against Al-Megrahi has ended and, accordingly, request that the warrant for his arrest be cancelled. As always, the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in conjunction with our Police and Crown Office colleagues from Scotland, will continue working to explore every avenue to bring to justice all others responsible for the murder of your loved ones.
[RB: It is almost fifteen years since Abdelbaset Megrahi was convicted (in a trial in which the US Department of Justice participated) and more than three years and six months since he died.]