Stockholm: Libya's former justice minister Mustafa Abdel-Jalil has claimed that Muammar Gaddafi had ordered the 1998 bombing of a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, a Swedish newspaper reported.

The ex- minister, who resigned on Monday over Gaddafi's violent crackdown on protesters, said that he had "proof that Gaddafi gave the order" of the bombing that claimed 270 lives, according to an extract from an interview published on Wednesday on the online site of a daily.

He added that in order to mask his role, Gaddafi "did all in his power" to secure that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a former Libyan secret agent who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a special court in 2001 for the bombing, was brought back to Libya.

The daily said its reporter met Abdel-Jalil at an unnamed location in Libya, but the excerpt did not offer details of Gaddafi's alleged involvement.

In 2009 al-Megrahi was released on health grounds from a jail in Scotland, but he is still alive in spite of being given three months to live from cancer at the time.

UNSC asks Gaddafi to end violence

UN Security Council has asked the regime of Moammar Gaddafi in Libya to stop using force against its own citizens. India and fourteen other countries issued a joint statement condemning government action in Libya.

The Security Council "condemned the violence and use of force against civilians, deplored the repression against peaceful demonstrators and expressed deep regret at the deaths of hundreds of civilians", following a closed-door meeting of the powerful body on Tuesday night.

(With Agency inputs)