President Clinton, in stating his wish to be with us in Arlington for the 10th memorial observance, wrote: "Throughout the years since that awful day, the American people have held fast to the memory of these innocents and shared your grief. Our nation has also maintained a steadfast resolve that justice be brought to bear against those who perpetrated this terrible deed. Today, I know that determination remains unshakable, and I reaffirm to you that we will not rest from our efforts until those responsible pay for their crimes.... The world must not be allowed to let the memory of this crime fade from sight."
      Only time will advance the varied and multi-layered issues surrounding the bombing. Ten years later, and 10 years older, I wonder if I will live to see permanent and just rewards for our efforts. If not, my deepest fear will be realized—that Gretchen, her fellow passengers, and 11 residents of Lockerbie died in vain. We Americans must not let that happen.

Joan L. Dater of Ramsey, New Jersey, is a member of the advocacy group Victims of Pan American Flight 103.

The bomb that exploded aboard Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 ignited an international legal controversy that smolders even today.
      The bombing killed the plane's 259 passengers and crew and 11 people on the ground in Lockerbie. Among the dead were 189 Americans, including 35 students from Syracuse University's Division of International Programs Abroad. In November 1991, the United States and Scotland each charged Libyan nationals Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah with murder and conspiracy to murder-crimes that carry maximum sentences of 30 years' imprisonment under Scottish law and the death penalty under U.S. federal law. Since then, Libya has refused to surrender the men, and the three countries have wrangled over how and where to try them. At press time, plans were under way to conduct a trial at The Hague in the Netherlands.
      Syracuse University Magazineasked College of Law professor Donna Arzt to discuss the case and its possible outcomes. A specialist in international law and the Middle East, Arzt directs the law school's Center for Global Law and Practice. This spring she will teach a new course on international criminal law.
HOW did the trial come to be held
in the Netherlands?

      Originally Libya argued that the suspects should only be tried in a Muslim court under Islamic law. Over the years, a number of third parties, including the Arab League, the Organization of African Unity, and a Scottish professor of international law, proposed that the trial be held in a neutral third country. This past summer, Libya announced publicly that it would accept such a compromise and secret negotiations took place involving all of these parties, the Netherlands, and the U.N. Secretariat. For a while, negotiations were stalled over the issue of who would serve on the court: Libya wanted a panel of "international judges," while Scotland and the United States insisted on a Scottish jury just like the one that would be impaneled in a courtroom in Scotland. (Libya's version would have been highly impractical, given that few judges outside Scotland are familiar with Scottish law!)
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In honor of the 270 victims who died in the December 1988 Pan Am 103 bombing, the Victims of Pan Am 103 advocacy group has commissioned the Lockerbie Remembrance Globe. "With the 10th anniversary, we decided it was very important to have a commemorative piece," says Victims of Pan Am 103 member Jane Schultz, who lost her son, Thomas, in the bombing.
      The glass water globe combines representations from three memorials—the Cairn at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, the Garden of Remembrance at the Dryfesdale Cemetery and the Remembrance Room in Tundergarth Churchyard, both in Lockerbie.
      The globe, mounted on a wooden base, contains a music box that plays Amazing Grace. Schultz, who helped organize the December 21 service in Arlington, was scheduled to present commemorative globes to President Clinton and other top government officials,
as well as Chancellor Kenneth A. Shaw. "We appreciate how people have kept in touch and how friendships have stayed strong and grown stronger," Schultz says. "The globe is a nice way for all of us to remember the friends and family we lost."
GLOBE      To order a globe, send a $30 check (made out to 10th Commemorative Globe) to: Victims of Pan Am 103, P.O. Box 1106, Ridgefield, CT 06877. Include your name, address, and phone number. The price, which includes shipping and handling, covers the group's cost, plus expenses, for creating the globe.

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