Libya Tribune

By Ryan Borchers

The family of a man who died in the Libyan-backed bombing of a commercial airliner in 1989 will get no more than the $10 million they’ve received because despite a $1.3 billion judgment in Federal Court, they had no “realistic expectation” of collecting that much, the Court of Federal Claims ruled.

Mihai Alimanestianu was one of 170 people killed in the Libyan-sponsored bombing of United Trans Aeriens Flight 772. It blew up over Niger on Sept. 19, 1989, en route from Brazzaville in the People’s Republic of Congo to Paris, via Chad.