Clinton: US to Look at Gadhafi for Pan Am Bombing

Announcement comes after claims from ex-Libyan officials that Gadhafi personally ordered the attack

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011  |  Updated 4:45 PM EDT
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Clinton: US to Look at Gadhafi for Pan Am Bombing

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Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi gestures at supporters while standing behind bulletproof glass during a ceremony marking the birth of Islam's Prophet Mohammed in Tripoli on February 13, 2011. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the Obama administration may seek the prosecution of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

The bombing of the 747 aircraft bound for John F. Kennedy airport killed 270 people; many were from the tri-state area.

That follows claims from some ex-Libyan officials that Gadhafi personally ordered the airline attack.

Clinton tells Congress on Tuesday that she will ask the FBI and Justice Department to look into the matter in response to lawmakers' requests.

She noted that some Libyan officials who have defected in recent weeks have said Gadhafi gave the instructions to blow up Pan Am flight 103.

The U.S. has considered Pan Am 103 a closed case since a former Libyan intelligence officer was convicted of the bombing and Libya had paid compensation to families of the victims.

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