The Libyan lawyer for two suspects in the Lockerbie bombing said on Tuesday he had reached agreement with a lawyer for victims' families on a proposed trial in the Netherlands under Scottish law.
Ibrahim Legwell said he told Scottish lawyer Robert Black and Jim Swire, who represents British families of victims of the 1988 Pan Am airliner bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, in which 270 people died, that his two Libyan clients were ready to stand trial under Scottish law in a neutral country.Black and Swire held talks in Tripoli this week with Legwell and Libyan foreign affairs and justice officials. They also met Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in a bid to gain support for a trial plan formulated by Black.
"We agreed on several basic points and details," Legwell told Reuters in a telephone interview from the Libyan capital Tripoli.
"I confirmed to them, as I have done previously, that my clients would stand for trial before such a court, which will be set not in Scotland nor the United States, but in a neutral country," he added.
"We also agreed that it would be established with an international panel of judges to be agreed upon and presided over by a senior Scottish judge. The court would operate under the criminal law and procedures of Scotland," he added.
Since 1992, the U.N. Security Council has imposed sanctions on Libya for failing to extradite the two men, alleged intelligence agents Abdel Baset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi and Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah, for trial.