Lockerbie bomb suspect will not face death penalty

Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi appeared in a federal court in Washington.

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The man suspected of building the bomb that downed Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie in 1988 – killing 270 people – will not face the death penalty, a US court has heard.

Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi appeared in a federal court in Washington on Monday.

He faces three charges, including two counts of destruction of an aircraft resulting in death, and a further count of destruction of a vehicle resulting in death.

Each of the charges are punishable by a sentence of up to life imprisonment, the death penalty or a fine of up to $250,000.

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But US prosecutors told the court they would not pursue the death penalty because it was not constitutionally available at the time of the bombing.