US senators ask Britain's Cameron for Lockerbie meeting

19th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Four US Senators angry over the Lockerbie bomber's release pressed British British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday to meet with them during his visit to Washington this week.

"Considering that you, likewise, raised concerns last year about the release, we hope to have the opportunity to speak to you about this matter," Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez of New Jersey wrote in a letter to Cameron.

The lawmakers said they hoped to discuss "what we can all do to provide greater transparency into the circumstances surrounding the release, address the injustice, and ensure that a similar mistake is not repeated."

The quartet said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had advised them that she had requested Cameron's government "review the facts and circumstances" leading up to the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi.

Megrahi, the only person convicted of the 1988 bombing of a US Pan Am jumbo jet over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in which 270 people were killed, was freed from a Scottish jail last year.

Megrahi, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment, was freed in August on compassionate grounds after doctors said he had only three months left to live. But reports have since emerged that he could live another 10 years.

Britain has called the release a "mistake" but said there was no evidence to back up media reports linking Megrahi's release to BP's efforts to safeguard a lucrative oil exploration deal with Libya.

© 2010 AFP

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