Friday, 17 June 2011

Lautenberg, Menendez call on Clinton & Holder to seek justice for Pan Am 103 bombing

[What follows is the text of a letter sent on 15 June by Senators Lautenberg and Menendez to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder.]

Dear Secretary Clinton and Attorney General Holder:

As high-level Libyan officials continue to defect from the Qaddafi regime, we urge you to do everything in your power to obtain information regarding and hold the responsible parties accountable for the bombing of Pan Am 103 and other terrorist attacks perpetrated by Libyan officials.

Defecting Libyan officials like former Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa may hold valuable information regarding the Pan Am 103 bombing – or may be culpable themselves. The US case to prosecute this heinous crime remains open and our government must do everything possible to gather evidence and any information that could help bring all of those responsible, including Qaddafi, to justice.

As you know, the only person that has been convicted in the Pan Am bombing is now living freely in Libya. On August 20, 2009, the Scottish government released al-Megrahi, based on the assertion that he had less than three months to live. Almost 22 months later, the convicted terrorist is living in luxury in Libya. The families of the victims of Pan Am 103 waited over a decade to see justice with the conviction of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, only to have that justice taken away. This is an entirely unacceptable situation and every effort must be made to return al-Megrahi to prison.

The current upheaval in the Libyan government provides a new opportunity to demand responsibility for this act of terrorism. While we recognize there are many critical foreign policy decisions to be made with regard to Libya at this extraordinary time, we ask that justice for the Lockerbie bombing victims and their families remain a top priority and not be overlooked.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


  1. Wonder why it took them five months to get around to a letter? Maybe it is really not that important to them, or maybe they've caught the vibe that their government would rather not be involved in this operation at all.

  2. Just a slap to the head, that's all this calls for.

  3. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (Dem-New Jersey) appears to have a very short memory.

    President Bush Jr signed an executive order late in October 2008 which restored Libyan immunity from terrorism-related lawsuits and dismissed pending cases over compensation following the Libyan Claims Compensation Act.

    Since the Act was sponsored in Congress by Senator Lautenberg himself, is he now proposing its repeal?