One Year Later: NJ Senators Talk Lockerbie Bomber's Release

Menendez, Lautenberg press investigation into circumstances of Abdel Baset Al-Megrahi's release

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    Undated Crown Office handout of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, who was convicted of the Lockerbie bombing. Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of murdering 270 people by blowing up Pan-Am flight 103 over Lockerbie 13 years earlier, but has always denied any involvement.

    New Jersey's two U.S. senators on Friday will meet with victims' families one year after the Pan Am 103 bomber was released from a Socttish prison.

    Democrats Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg are pressing an investigation into the circumstances of Abdel Baset Al-Megrahi's release on compassionate grounds. He's alive in Libya even though doctors had said he would likely die of prostate cancer in three months.

    Lautenberg and Menendez say they'll release a new letter to the British, Scottish, Libyan and Qatari governments citing evidence of commercial pressures influencing his release.

    Al-Megrahi was the only person jailed for the 1988 bombing above the Scottish town of Lockerbie, which killed 259 people onboard and 11 on the ground.

    Menendez is leading a Senate Foreign Relations Committee investigation.calls for a combination of private, state and public funding.