Schumer, Gillibrand Ask Libya to Imprison Lockerbie Bomber
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 20: Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi arrives at Glasgow airport to baord a plane after arriving from Greenock Prison on August 20, 2009 in Glasgow, Scotland. Abdelbaset ali al-Megrahi had been serving a life sentence for the 1988 Pan-AM flight 103 Lockerbie bombing, which killed 270 people. Megrahi, who is terminally ill with prostate cancer, served eight years of a life sentence and following today's decision, has been released on compassionate grounds to go home to spend his remaining days with his family in Libya. (Photo by Danny Lawson - Pool/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi
Updated at 6:44 AM EST on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011
New York's U.S. senators are asking the Libyan transitional government to hold the convicted Lockerbie, Scotland, plane bomber fully accountable for his terrorist actions.
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was convicted and imprisoned in Scotland for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. The bombing killed 270 people, including 189 Americans.
The Scottish government released al-Megrahi in 2009, believing he'd soon die of cancer. He was greeted as a hero in his native Libya and met with leader Moammar Gadhafi, whose 42-year rule now teeters on the brink of collapse.
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer on Monday called for al-Megrahi to be returned to prison.
Scottish officials say they want to contact him soon to ensure they'll still be able to oversee his parole.
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