Lockerbie: A Satisfactory Process but a Flawed Result

Robert Black

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This article focuses on the trial of two Libyan security agents who were accused of the bombing of Pan Am 103 on December 22, 1988. In this bombing, 259 people were blown out of the night sky over Lockerbie, Scotland. On January 31, 2001, the three judges in the Lockerbie trial returned a unanimous verdict of guilty of murder in respect of the first accused and a unanimous verdict of not guilty of murder in respect of the second accused. The prosecution in their closing submissions conceded that the case against the accused was entirely circumstantial. But to many observers, it seemed that the case was a very weak circumstantial one, and was further undermined by the additional prosecution concession that they had not been able to prove how the bomb that destroyed Pan Am 103 got into the interline baggage system and onto the aircraft.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-51
JournalCase Western Reserve Journal of International Law
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Incident, 1988
  • Bombings
  • Trials (Law)
  • Judgments
  • Criminal procedure
  • Murder

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