(214)  Lockerbie: another compensation deal?

It was reported on 12 March 2003 that a deal between Libya, the USA and the UK was imminent, under which Libya would accept civil (but not criminal) responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing of the plane PanAm 103 in 1988 and compensate the families of those killed in the disaster, thereby enabling the lifting of UN sanctions against the country.  Details were not made public, and British relatives criticised the Foreign Office, saying that since Robin Cook ceased to be Foreign Secretary the UK relatives have had very little briefing from Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials”.  An FCO spokeperson said that relatives had been “regularly” briefed.  Meanwhile