The Justice Department’s announcement earlier this week that it had taken custody of the third person to be charged in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 is the latest in 34 years of U.S. actions to prosecute the perpetrators, hold the Libyan government accountable, and secure compensation for the victims.
John B. Bellinger III is a partner in the international and national security law practices at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC. He is also Adjunct Senior Fellow in International and National Security Law at the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as The Legal Adviser for the Department of State from 2005–2009, as Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council at the White House from 2001–2005, and as Counsel for National Security Matters in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice from 1997–2001.
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