Libya Orders Arrest of U.S. Officials

<i> Associated Press</i>

In a symbolic move, a Libyan prosecutor Wednesday ordered the arrest of nine American officials allegedly behind the 1986 bombing of two Libyan cities, a news agency reported.

Among those on the list is the late William Casey, the former director of the CIA, Egypt’s Middle East News Agency reported.

Former President Reagan, who ordered the bombing, was not on the list, it said.

The announcement came as Libya is maneuvering over U.S. and British demands that two Libyan suspects be turned over for trial in the Netherlands for the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people.


The prosecutor, Mohammed Abdel Wahab, said that if Libya failed to secure the arrests, “it will resort to [the U.N.] Security Council to get the accused,” the news agency reported.