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Mr. Duggan expressed concern about reports that Libyan authorities are suspicious of Britain’s request to reopen the investigation into the bombing of the Pan Am airliner, which exploded over Scotland on Dec. 21, 1988.

British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt this week informed Parliament of “apprehension in some parts” of Libya’s National Transitional Council that London is after more compensation.

He insisted that the British effort is “about finding out the truth of the matter.”

Only one man was convicted of the bombing, but authorities always have suspected more Libyans were involved.

Abdelbaset al Megrahi was sentenced to life in prison in 2001, but the Scottish government released him in 2009, citing medical reports that said he had terminal cancer and would die within three months.

Megrahi, who returned to Libya to a hero’s welcome, is still alive.

Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, who was killed last year in the uprising that toppled his regime, never admitted responsibility for the bombing. However, he paid relatives of the victims $2.7 billion in restitution.

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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...

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