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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Obama administration urged to pursue Pan Am case against Qadhafi!


PTI / The Hindu / WASHINGTON, August 23, 2011.

In this December 1988 file photo, a police officer walks past the wreckage in Lockerbie, Scotland of Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York. Photo: AP
In this December 1988 file photo, a police officer walks past the wreckage in Lockerbie, Scotland of Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York. Photo: AP.


The bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 resulted in the deaths of 270 people, including 189 Americans.

Several top U.S. lawmakers and political leaders have urged the Obama administration to pursue the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing case against Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi in case he is arrested and prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“Justice for the U.S. victims of terrorist attacks committed by Mr. Qadhafi and his regime must remain a top priority for our country,” Senator Frank Lautenberg said in a letter to the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Mr. Qadhafi be arrested and sent to the ICC, he must stand trial for his terrible crimes against our fellow citizens,” Mr. Lautenberg said.
Mr. Lautenberg urged Ms. Clinton to work with Libya’s transitional government to ensure that if Mr. Qadhafi is tried before the ICC he is charged with these terror attacks perpetrated by him and his regime.
“As a first step, I call on this new government to arrest and extradite the mastermind behind the bombing of Pan Am 103, Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi, so justice can finally be done,” Republican presidential aspirant Mitt Romney said in a statement.


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