Court Adjourns Lockerbie Trial for One Week
The court trying two Libyans accused of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing adjourned for one week on Tuesday to allow the defense time to verify new information concerning a key witness.
"The information contained (in the documents), if true, will have the greatest conceivable effect on this trial and in particular on the defense," defense attorney William Taylor told the court.
The court will reconvene October 31.
The latest call for a time-out came after the defense team asked for an adjournment on Monday to examine confidential information concerning the much-awaited testimony of Mohammed Abu Taleb, a Palestinian serving a life sentence in Sweden for bomb attacks in Europe.
Taleb, a member of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), was due to appear on the witness stand two weeks ago.
The new information, provided by the prosecution, has been kept a closely guarded secret and the defense team said lives could be in danger if it were made public.
The defense is seeking to incriminate Abu Taleb for the December 21, 1988 bombing of the Pan Am plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, in which all 259 passengers and 11 people on the ground were killed.
Colin Boyd, Scotland's chief prosecutor, told the court on Monday that Scottish police had questioned several people in Europe and the United States concerning the new information.
Boyd said these people would be made available to the defense if lawyers wished to question them.
Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi and Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah have pleaded not guilty to charges that they were Libyan agents who made a suitcase bomb in Malta, then put it on an airliner out of the Mediterranean island tagged for transfer onto Pan Am Flight 103 in London -- CAMP ZEIST, Netherlands (AFP)
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