The government will turn over to Scottish police evidence seized from a Palestinian suspected of complicity in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
The Cabinet's decision Thursday to release the evidence was a formal step needed by investigators to conduct a forensic examination of clothing taken during a raid on the home of Mohammed Abu Talb.The District Court in the city of Uppsala ruled Monday that Abu Talb was a suspect in the December 1988 explosion of Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people. The court also said seizure of evidence from his home was legal.
Under Swedish law, the Cabinet's approval is necessary to take evidence out of Sweden.
Police removed 15 bags of clothing from his home, searching for clothing acquired during a trip he made to Malta in late 1988. The forensic examination would determine if those clothes matched clothes from Malta in the suitcase that contained the bomb.
Abu Talb, a former member of the Palestine Popular Struggle Front who has lived in Sweden since 1983, is in jail awaiting a Dec. 21 verdict on separate charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with four bombings in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Amsterdam in 1985 and 1986.
An official of the Uppsala District Court said Friday that British authorities have not asked for Abu Talb's extradition. Such a request was reported likely to prevent Abu Talb's release if he is acquitted of the bombing charges. He faces a maximum life sentence.