MAGAZINE CLAIMS NEW EVIDENCE TIGHTENS LIBYA-LOCKERBIE LINK

MAGAZINE CLAIMS NEW EVIDENCE TIGHTENS LIBYA-LOCKERBIE LINK

A British aviation magazine Tuesday published new evidence said to link Libya more closely to the Lockerbie bombing in which 270 people were killed.

Flight magazine said a Swiss-based company that was accused of being a front for Libyan agents, who allegedly carried out the 1988 bombing, was run by a former chairman of Libyan Arab Airlines.It said the former chairman, Badr Ali Hassan, was a key figure in the company ABH, described by British authorities as a cover for the operations of Libyan intelligence services.

The magazine said Mr. Hassan now works as an adviser to Libya's communications minister.

Flight said Mr. Hassan used ABH to buy spares and equipment for Libyan Arab Airlines, but there was no evidence that he or a Zurich company, Mebo, knew for what the parts were to be used.

American and British legal documents charging two Libyan intelligence agents with the bombing say the timing device used in the bomb included a microchip supplied to Libya in 1985 by Mebo.

The documents say the two agents, Abdel Baset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi and Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah, also worked for Libyan Arab Airlines. They were said to have set up ABH, which rented offices from Mebo.

Libya is trying to gather Arab support against charges by the United States, Britain and France that it was behind the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Scotland and of a French UTA jet over Niger the following year.

Libya has denied the charges and said it wants an international

commission of jurists to review them.