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Friday, April 30, 1999 Published at 06:30 GMT 07:30 UK


Libya wants US 'bombers' for trial

Tripoli: Hit by bombing raid in 1986

Libya has asked the United Nations Security Council to make the US hand over nine men suspected of involvement in the 1986 bombing raids against Libya.

The request comes three weeks after Libya handed over two Libyans accused of the bombing of a PanAm jet over Lockerbie in Scotland, which killed 270 people.

The Americans accused by Libya include:

  • Marine Lieutenant-Colonel Oliver North

  • Former CIA director William Casey

  • Former National Security adviser John Poindexter

[ image: Accused: Oliver North]
Accused: Oliver North
The US attacks on Tripoli and on the port of Benghazi killed 31 people, according to Libya.

Then-President, Ronald Reagan, ordered the strikes in retaliation for the bombing of a nightclub in Germany, in which two US servicemen died.

Libya has asked the Security Council "take measures as provided for in the Charter of the United Nations" to force the US to present the nine accused for trial.

The Libyans are reported to have declared themselves willing for the trial to take place in a third country - an echo of the deal whereby the Lockerbie suspects are to be tried by a Scottish judge in the Netherlands.

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