ACCESSION NUMBER:361028 FILE ID:TXT103 DATE:09/19/94 TITLE:BRINGING LIBYAN TERRORISTS TO JUSTICE (09/19/94) TEXT:*94091903.TXT BRINGING LIBYAN TERRORISTS TO JUSTICE (VOA Editorial) (360) (Following is an editorial, broadcast by the Voice of America September 19, reflecting the views of the U.S. government.) September 19, 1989. A French passenger plane, UTA flight 772, departs Ndjamena airport in Chad for Paris. Fifty minutes later, a bomb blows the plane apart 30,000 feet above the mountains of southeastern Niger. Scattered across the landscape are the bodies -- some still strapped to their seats -- of 171 men, women, and children. Among them are seven Americans, including Bonnie Pugh, the wife of the U.S. ambassador to Chad. French authorities have charged four Libyan officials with responsibility for this savage act of international terrorism. On October 30, 1991, a French magistrate issued arrest warrants for Abdallah Sanussi, a relative of Libyan dictator Moammar Qadhafi and second-in-command of the regime's intelligence service; Nayil Ibrahim, a subordinate of Sanussi; Abbas Musbah, a Libyan intelligence operative in Brazzaville, Congo; and Abd Al-Azragh, first secretary of the Libyan People's Bureau in Brazzaville. Al-Azragh is charged with recruiting three Congolese to plant the suitcase bomb that destroyed UTA flight 772. Libyan agents are also charged with the December 1988 bombing of Pan American flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which took the lives of 270 people. In November 1991, U.S. and British authorities issued warrants for the arrest of Abdel Al-Megrahi, a senior Libyan intelligence officer, and Lamem Fhimah, former manager of the Libyan airlines office in Malta. The U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 731 in January 1992, supporting U.S., British, and French demands concerning the bombings. Libya is required to pay compensation for the murders; deliver the Pan Am 103 1uspects for trial in the United States or Britain; cooperate with France in the UTA investigation; and cease all support for international terrorism. In response to the Qadhafi regime's refusal to comply with its resolutions, the United Nations imposed sanctions on Libya. The United States urges all nations to cooperate in enforcing those sanctions. Libya's ruler can end the sanctions at any time -- by heeding the U.N. Security Council's resolutions and handing over the accused terrorists for trial. NNNN .