Wednesday, September 2, 1998 Published at 20:37 GMT 21:37 UK
World: Middle East
Lawyer suggests Lockerbie trial changes
Suspects Lamen Khalifa Fhimah and Abdel Basset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi
The Libyan lawyer of the two suspects accused of the Lockerbie bombing says that if convicted, the men should serve their time in Libya and not in Scotland as originally planned.
Under the plan drawn up by the United States and Britain, the suspects would be tried in the Netherlands by a panel of three Scottish judges according to Scottish law.
If convicted, they would serve their sentences in Scotland.
Britain and the United States have said the plan is non-negotiable.
The plan also provides for the United Nations to suspend sanctions against Libya once the two suspects - Lamen Khalifa Fhimah and Abdel Basset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi - are handed over.
Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, on 21 December 1988, killing 270 people.
But he said that he wanted more safeguards for the suspects, who are currently under house arrest in Tripoli.
"We cannot deal with this case as an ordinary case," he said.
"This will be one of the largest cases in the World."
Dr Legwell said the suspects would decide for themselves whether they would attend the trial after receiving the opinion of their lawyers.
It is usual though for Gadaffi to have the final word on all matters in Libya.
Arab League delegation
A delegation from the Arab League is travelling to Libya from its headquarters in Cairo to try to reach agreement on arrangements for the handover and trial of the two Libyans.
Since Libya's initial welcoming of the proposal for a trial at the Hague, Colonel Gadaffi has given the impression that he is unlikely to hand over the two men.
In addition to demanding negotiations and guarantees, he has also linked the issue to allegations that British intelligence sponsored a plot to assassinate him two years ago.