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Pan Am 103 case not closed, FBI says

Nine years after a Pan Am jumbo jet blew up, raining bodies and wreckage over Lockerbie, Scotland, the victims' loved ones are still seeking justice - and losing patience.

As the World Court waded into the legal fray Monday, the FBI vowed to redouble efforts to bring to trial the two Libyans suspected of planting the suitcase bomb that shredded Flight 103 on Dec. 21, 1988, killing 270 people in the air and on the ground."They've got to know that just because this crime happened in 1988, the United States, the FBI, the Department of Justice and the people of Scotland and England have not forgotten," said deputy FBI director Robert Bryant, whose agency has placed the suspects on its most-wanted list.

"This will not go away. We're not going to let this issue go unresolved," he said. "We'll follow them to the ends of the world to bring them to court."

It was Libya that in 1992 brought the case before the United Nations' highest judicial body, known formally as the International Court of Justice. The North African nation wants the court to quash, once and for all, U.S. and British attempts to get the suspects extradited.

Libya denies claims that the two indicted suspects, Abdel Basset Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah, were intelligence agents and says they had no role in the bombing.

Libya also says that by investigating the case it has fulfilled its obligations under the 1971 Montreal Convention on unlawful acts against aircraft. It has asked the court to find the United States and Britain in violation of that same treaty for refusing to cooperate with Libyan authorities.

Britain argued its case Monday. The United States will follow Tuesday. Both countries want the case kicked out of court. They say the World Court has no jurisdiction in the affair and that a trial - if there ever is one - should be held in the United States or United Kingdom.

Libya contends the men could never get a fair trial there and wants the case tried at home, at The Hague or in another neutral country.

In a key concession to Libya, Scotland's top judicial authority, Lord Hardie, said Monday he would welcome international observers to monitor a Scottish trial. "I give my personal assurance to this court that the trial will be entirely fair," he said.

The families just want justice.