UK: Miliband denounces Lockerbie bomber homecoming

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August 21, 2009 13:42

 
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Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband has denounced the hero's welcome the Lockerbie bomber received in Libya. Miliband told the BBC that the sight of Abel Baset al-Megrahi's homecoming after his release from prison on compassionate grounds was "deeply distressing." Thousands of young men were on hand to greet Megrahi when he landed at a Tripoli airport. Some threw flower petals as he stepped from the plane. Megrahi is the only man convicted in the 1988 bombing. His release from a Scottish prison is an outrage to many relatives of the 270 people who perished when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded. Miliband said Friday that grief is the overriding emotion the families of the victims will be feeling today.

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