US officials warned Scotland over al-Megrahi

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 27, 2010 05:24

LONDON — American officials were dead-set against the release of the Lockerbie bomber and warned Scottish authorities that scenes of jubilation in Tripoli over his return would upset victims' families, a newly released document showed.

The Aug. 12, 2009 letter from Richard LeBaron, the charge d'affaires at the US Embassy in London, to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond, sets out the views of the American government as Scotland grappled with whether to release Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the bombing attack on Pan Am Flight 103.

"The United States maintains its view that in light of the scope of Megrahi's crime, its heinous nature, and its continuing and devastating impact on the victims and their families, it would be most appropriate for Megrahi to remain imprisoned for the entirety of his sentence," the letter says, declaring the US was not willing to support his release on either compassionate grounds or under a prisoner transfer agreement.


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