Lockerbie Trial Adjourned while Prosecution Studies Evidence
The trial of two Libyans blamed for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing was adjourned on Tuesday to allow the prosecution to study new evidence it describes as of "considerable sensitivity."
Scottish judges agreed to delay the testimony of Abu Taleb, a Palestinian serving a sentence for terrorism in Sweden and the prosecution's last major witness before it closes its case, until next Tuesday.
The adjournment follows a request on Monday by chief prosecutor Colin Boyd, who said that his team had "received certain information from a foreign country -- not the United States -- which is relevant to the evidence in this case."
"The matters raised by this information are of some complexity and considerable sensitivity," he added.
The bombing of a Pan Am plane over the Scottish town of Lockerbie killed all 259 people on board and 11 on the ground.
Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah and Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi have both pleaded not guilty to murder and conspiracy charges stemming from the attack -- CAMP ZEIST, the Netherlands (AFP)
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