Lockerbie Trial Resumption Delayed by Technical Problems

Published May 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The resumption of the trial of two Libyans accused of bombing a Boeing 747 in 1988, killing 270 people, was delayed Tuesday because of technical problems, a court official was quoted by AFP as saying. 

The trial of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, 48, and Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah, 44, had been due to resume at (0745 GMT) but problems with the court's stenography system pushed the expected start time to midday, the official said. 

The two men have pleaded not guilty to planting a time bomb on the flight that exploded over Lockerbie, southwest Scotland, AFP added. 

The trial, which began on May 3, was adjourned on May 11. 

In another development, the Lockerbie Trial Briefing Unit has refused to comment on reports that its coordinator, Professor Andrew Fulton, was a member of British MI6 intelligence, but denied its coverage of the trail has been compromised, reported Iran News Agency (IRNA) Monday.  

"The Unit has consistently offered impartial advice and assistance to those with an interest in the trial," John Grant from the LTB was quoted as saying in a press release published Monday.  

“The news organizations throughout the world, which have spoken to members of our team, can bear testimony to our impartiality,” he added. 

The LTB was established within the School of Law of Glasgow University in 1998 with the declared aim of providing guidance and legal expertise particular to the media in covering the trial of two Libyans accused of the 1988 Lockerbie air disaster, the agency added.  

The denial followed several British newspapers claiming that Fulton, a former British diplomat, used to be head of the MI6 station in Washington. Some suggested that he was now being asked to resign from the LTB, added IRNA – (Several Sources)  

 

 

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