As Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi Is Released, Menendez Issues Statement

As Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi Is Released, Menendez Issues Statement

Washington - Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, who was convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, was released from prison today to return to Lybia. U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) issued the following statement:

"Today, a convicted terrorist who brought down an airplane and sent 270 innocent people to their deaths was able to take off to freedom in a private jet. I'm sure the tragic irony was lost on few. The question that comes to mind when assessing this outcome is, where is the justice? My thoughts are with victims' families. They deserve to know that there are severe and lasting consequences for those who murdered their loved ones."

Menendez has helped lead efforts to bring measures of justice and compensation to the families of the victims. Earlier this week, he joined with six colleagues in a letter urging the Scottish government not to release Al-Megrahi.

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