The transfer of a former intelligence explosives expert to the US has prompted anger in Libya and criticism from a rival government based in the east of the country.

Libya’s Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbaiba has admitted that his administration was involved in the transfer of Abu Agila Mohammad Masud Kheir al-Marimi

Abu Agila Mohammad Masud Kheir al-Marimi, a Lockerbie bombing suspect, was transferred to the United States last week.

“An arrest warrant was issued against him from Interpol. It has become imperative for us to cooperate in this file for the sake of Libya’s interest and stability,” al-Dbaiba said

He added that the extradition was lawful and that his government was simply cooperating with an ‘’international judicial framework to extradite accused citizens”.

Al-Dbaiba provided no hard evidence for naming Masud as the bomb maker for the midair bombing of a Pan Am flight that killed 270 people

Al-Dbaiba and his Tripoli-based Government of National Unity (GNU) had not yet commented on the detention or his transfer to the US, with which Libya has no extradition treaty.