Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud, the Libyan intelligence officer implicated in the bombing of Pan Am 103, is now in custody. Mas’ud was the subject of Ken Dornstein’s excellent 2015 documentary, My Brother’s Bomber, which drew renewed attention to his role in the attack.
The New York Times provides the following details:
The arrest of the operative, Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud, was the culmination of a decades-long effort by the Justice Department to prosecute him. In 2020, Attorney General William P. Barr announced criminal charges against Mr. Mas’ud, accusing him of building the explosive device used in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 passengers, including 190 Americans.
Mr. Mas’ud faces two criminal counts, including destruction of an aircraft resulting in death. He was being held at a Libyan prison for unrelated crimes when the Justice Department unsealed the charges against him two years ago. It is unclear how the U.S. government negotiated the extradition of Mr. Mas’ud.
Almost 34 years after the bombing, there is a chance that justice will finally prevail.