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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Senator Wants Grilling of Libyan Defector about 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103

March 7: Libya's Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa speaks to the media at a hotel in Tripoli, Libya.
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Senator Wants Libyan Official to Tell What He Knows About Lockerbie Bombing

March 31, 2011
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Pressure built Thursday for the U.S. government to leverage the unrest in Libya to investigate the deadly 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, with one senator looking at whether a defecting foreign minister who fled to Britain might be able to provide vital information about Muammar al-Qaddafi's role. 
Rebels have accused the Libyan official, Moussa Koussa, of helping devise the bombing that killed 270 people over Lockerbie, Scotland, most of them Americans. Britain refused to grant Koussa immunity, and Scottish officials have already said they want to interview him about the Lockerbie bombing. 
Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., is adding to the call to mine Koussa for information. The senator's office said he views the ex-minister as a potential source of information about the bombing and is "considering ways for U.S. investigators to understand his and Muammar Qaddafi's specific role" in the bombing. 
Menendez and other senators representing New Jersey and New York, where the bulk of the victims were from, have long spoken out about the bombing -- particularly after convicted bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was released to Libya by Scottish officials in 2009. 
New York Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer said in a letter Thursday that the Obama administration should hold off on formally recognizing the rebel movement until they commit to turning Megrahi over to the United States, "so that he may be tried and convicted in an American criminal court." 


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