Authorities in Libya are considering a deal to extradite Libyan Abu Aguila Mohammad Masud, who has been named by the American authorities as a suspect in the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, The British Sunday Times reported yesterday.

The report indicates that the handing over of the former Libyan intelligence operative could help the Libyan authorities strengthen their international ties, in light of the war that has torn the country for nearly a decade.

According to the newspaper, Abu Aguila, who worked as an intelligence operative under the former ruler Muammar Gaddafi, reportedly admitted to involvement, in the attack, during questioning by local forces in Libya. He is thought to be in Tripoli, where he has been serving a 10-year sentence on other unrelated charges, according to the report.