Senators to Offer Resolution Condemning Release of Lockerbie Bomber
Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced Friday that they will introduce a Sense of the Senate resolution condemning the hero’s welcome that was given to convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi upon his return to his native Libya last week.Al-Megrahi was convicted by a Scottish court in 2001 for his involvement in the 1988 attack on Pan Am Flight 103, which killed all 259 people on board and an additional 11 people on the ground in the town of Lockerbie, Scotland.Citing al-Megrahi’s deteriorating health, a Scottish judge last week released him from prison and sent him home to Libya, where he was greeted as a hero, a decision that has been condemned by American politicians. The British government, which is currently seeking to negotiate a trade agreement with Libya, has denied it pressured the judge to release al-Megrahi as a way to smooth relations with Libya.“The victims’ families have had no peace since the day this evil act occurred and now their wounds have been reopened. The hero’s welcome Libya gave to this terrorist truly shocks the conscience and deserves a formal rebuke. It is outrageous that the Libyan Government would so blatantly disregard the suffering the families have endured for more than two decades. We demand an apology for the gross homecoming celebration of al-Megrahi,— Schumer said in a statement announcing the resolution.