Washington - Today, on the eve of the second anniversary of the release of the Lockerbie bomber, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) demanded that the transitional Libyan government extradite him to the United States to answer for his crime and to cooperate with any ongoing investigations into the Pan Am bombing or other terror attacks against Americans by Col. Qaddafi. Menendez led the Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigation into Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's release from Scotland to Libya.
"It has been two years since we were told that al-Megrahi was released because he supposedly had just three months to live; it has been two years since he was allowed to return to Libya; and it has been only a few short weeks since he was seen attending a rally in support of his old friend, Muammar Qaddafi," said Senator Menendez. "As my investigation showed, and as time has proven, al-Megrahi's prognosis was a sham amounting to nothing more than an effort help UK business interests curry favor with the former Libyan government. At the time we all understood it to be a massive diplomatic blunder and an insult to the families of the victims of the Lockerbie bomber. The fact that the Qaddafi regime is in shambles and has turned on its own people shows that undermining humanitarian principles in order to serve short term business interests is never sound policy."
"The first act of the Transitional National Council, as the legitimate government of Libya, should be to extradite al-Megrahi to the United States to answer for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 to signal to the world that a new Libya has every intention to adhere to international law," Menendez added.
"The Lockerbie bomber is convicted terrorist with American blood on his hands," stated Lautenberg. "He should never have been released from prison and it is sickening to watch him treated as a hero in Libya. No stone should be left unturned in bringing Megrahi and everyone responsible for this heinous act-including Qaddafi-to justice. The family members of the victims who have had to suffer through watching this terrorist be set free deserve no less."
Recently, the Cameron government has acknowledged that the medical diagnosis that formed the basis for al-Megrahi's release two years ago was "pretty much worthless," and that the British government had, in fact, pressured the Scottish government to let the terrorist go.
Two hundred seventy innocent people died in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 including thirty eight from New Jersey.