In an article in The Herald, David Leask writes the Abdullah al-Senussi, one of the alleged masterminds of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, is no longer being held in a Libyan prison:
Abdullah al-Senussi, Libya’s one-time intelligence chief, former dictator Mummer Gaddafi’s “executioner” and the ultimate boss of the man known as the Lockerbie bomber is not in jail or hiding. He is, according to local reports, “holding court” in a four-star hotel in Tripoli, the 351-room Radisson Blu Mahari.
His apparent release stems from the country’s instability:
The 1988 bombing of Pam Am Flight 103, prosecutors believe, was an operation of Libya’s intelligence system. Mr Senussi, who was married to Mr Gaddafi’s sister and a confidante of the murderous Libyan leader, was a core player in that regime network. Scottish prosecutors have made no secret they wish to speak to Mr Senussi and another operative, Mohammed Masud.
Both men were believed to be in a Tripoli prison, so Scottish authorities hoped to get hold of them, before any death penalty on Mr Senussi was carried out.
However, Libya now only exists on maps. The country has been ruled by strongmen and rival factions since the 2011 civil war which followed the fall and death of Mr Gaddafi.
Senussi was among those implicated in the plot to bomb an American passenger liner in Ken Dornstein’s three part documentary, My Brother’s Bomber, which aired on PBS’s Frontline in the fall of 2015.