US senators to State Dept.: Push UK on Lockerbie bomber

July 13, 2010 09:10

TRENTON, New Jersey — Four US senators are pressuring the US State Department to push Britain to investigate the circumstances of last year's release of the man convicted of the Lockerbie airliner bombing.

Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was released from a Scottish prison in September after doctors said the cancer-stricken man had only three months to live.

However, a doctor now says al-Megrahi could live for another decade.

Al-Megrahi had served eight years of a life sentence for the December 21, 1988, bombing of the Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people, as it flew from London to New York .

"The decision by the Scottish government to reject our request to reinvestigate the decision to release this terrorist raises more suspicions as to whether there was a rotten deal between the United Kingdom and the Libya government," US Senator Charles Schumer said Monday.

"So we're calling on the State Department to put a full-court press on the United Kingdom to return this terrorist to prison."

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