Secretary Clinton expresses regret one year after Lockerbie releaseAugust 21st, 2010 - 12:11 am ICT by BNO News
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday expressed regret on the first anniversary of the release of the man who bombed a Pan Am flight, killing 270 people.
Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi along with Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, were faced charges for their role in the December 21, 1988 bombed Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, claiming the lives of 270 innocent people, including 189 U.S. citizens. Fhimah was found not guilty and was acquitted, but al-Megrahi was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
The Scottish government on August 20, 2009, freed Megrahi on compassionate grounds after medical examinations revealed that Megrahi had terminal prostate cancer and was expected to live for less than three months. However, Megrahi continues living in freedom in his native Libya.
“The United States continues to categorically disagree with the decision made by the Scottish Executive to release al-Megrahi and return him to Libya last year,” Clinton said.
“As we have expressed repeatedly to Scottish authorities, we maintain that al-Megrahi should serve out the entirety of his sentence in prison in Scotland. We have and will continue to reiterate this position to the Scottish and Libyan authorities,” she added.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families who lost loved ones and share their desire for justice to prevail.”
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