[What follows is a snippet published on this date in 1997 on the Libya: News and Views website:]
An American Drug Enforcement Agency official won libel damages earlier this week over a Libyan-backed film that suggested DEA negligence was partly to blame for the deadly bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland. Britain's High Court awarded Michael Hurley $29,000 plus costs from Channel 4 television, which broadcast the film. The film, The Maltese Double Cross, revived allegations, which arose soon after a Pan Am jet exploded over Lockerbie in December 1988, that Libya was not behind the blast. (AP)
[RB: Another report reads as follows:]
A retired US Federal Agent has accepted £17,500 in damages from Channel 4 which linked him to the Lockerbie bombing. Michael Hurley who worked with the US Embassy in Cyprus took Channel 4 to court over the May 1995 programme which he said implicated him in the bombing. Channel 4 alleged one of Mr Hurley's agents had been a passenger on the flight and the bombers had swapped bags. His lawyer said it suggested the PanAm blast was due to his negligence.