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Split Verdict Reached in Lockerbie Bombing TrialAired January 31, 2001 - 6:24 a.m. ET
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LINDA STOUFFER, CNN ANCHOR: We want to fill you in on our developing story this morning: a verdict in the Lockerbie bombing trial, the airplane bombing from 1988.
Three Scottish judges announced their decision this morning in the Netherlands. They found one man guilty, one man not guilty. Now, you're looking at their photos right now. The one on your left, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi found guilty by the Scottish judges in a unanimous decision. He will face sentencing in just about an hour-and-a-half. We expect that he will serve a life sentence in a Scottish prison. But we will have to wait for sure as his sentencing is announced.
The other man, Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, found not guilty -- he will be free back to go -- excuse me, to go back Libya, rather -- found not guilty in this trial, a trial that cost anywhere $60 million to $80 million, depending on what figures you look at -- and, again, a split decision from the judges.
JASON CARROLL, CNN ANCHOR: And a number of the victims' families have been, throughout the years, putting pressure on the U.S. and British governments to see this through, a number of them speaking this morning about this verdict -- some of them expressing sadness, some of them relieved -- also, some of them expressing anger over the fact that they believe that the Libyan government, specifically Moammar Gadhafi was behind this. So they are still going to be looking for some more justice.
STOUFFER: And several things unanswered at this point: What will happen to the sanctions that have been put in place against Libya? What will happen as the families move forward with civil cases? Another thing to consider, someone from the attorney general's office spoke today. When asked if this case was closed, he said, "No, this case is not closed."
So, again, a split decision from the judges in the case of just who bombed Pan Am Flight 103 where it exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, you might remember in 1988, a story we will continue to follow.
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