International lawyer tells inside story of fight for justice for victims of Libya’s forgotten terror attack

30 May 2017

Last week, the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society welcomed international lawyer Stuart H Newberger to Wolfson College to discuss his book The Forgotten Flight: Terrorism, Diplomacy and the Pursuit of Justice, which tells the story of his fight for justice for the 170 forgotten victims of the terrorist plot hatched by Colonel Gaddafi that brought down UTA Flight 772, just months after the infamous Lockerbie disaster.

The author revealed for the first time how French investigators cracked the case of one of the deadliest terror attacks in history, meticulously piecing together the thousands of fragments of the destroyed plane found in the Sahara Desert and tracing a timing device found amid the wreckage directly to the Libyan Head of Intelligence. Recounting the courtroom battle to bring litigation against the Libyan state, he argued that, “while the Lockerbie disaster became the main diplomatic, legal, and political tool to bring Libya into line, the ‘forgotten flight’ was what ultimately enabled Gaddafi to be held to account”.

 

While Lockerbie became the main diplomatic, legal, and political tool to bring Libya into line, the ‘forgotten flight’ was what ultimately enabled Gaddafi to be held to account

 

Stuart Newberger was joined in discussion by Kaveh Moussavi, Dan Sarooshi, and Rebecca Mooney of the Oxford Faculty of Law, who discussed Libya, Iran, and other rogue states guilty of sponsoring international terrorism; the State Immunity Acts that operate in both the UK and US to protect heads of state from prosecution for terror crimes, unless the state in question appears on the state terror list; and the importance to human dignity of giving a voice to individual victims of state terrorism through the process of justice.  

A podcast of the event will be available on our Podcast pages in the coming days. Our next and final event before the summer break is the Third Max Watson Annual Lecture on Ethical Business Practice and Regulation, on 31 May. To receive invitations to future such events, and for news of all of our latest policy briefs and free resources, please subscribe to our bimonthly e-newsletter, or follow us on Twitter.

Stuart H Newberger
While Lockerbie became the main diplomatic, legal, and political tool to bring Libya into line, the ‘forgotten flight’ was what ultimately enabled Gaddafi to be held to account