Schumer, Gillibrand Ask Libya to Imprison Lockerbie Bomber - NBC New York

Schumer, Gillibrand Ask Libya to Imprison Lockerbie Bomber



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    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

    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.