[The following are excerpts from an item posted this evening on a blog on the US congressional website The Hill:]
Sen Charles Schumer (D-NY) says the United States should cut off aid to the rebel government taking power in Libya if the country refuses to extradite convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
“If the new Libyan government continues to shield this convicted terrorist from justice, then they should not get one more cent of support from the United States,” Schumer told NBC. “We put American lives and money on the line to help the Libyan people secure their freedom. It’s time the Libyan government lives up to its commitment to create a free and accountable society by handing over al-Megrahi so that justice can finally be done.” (...)
The rebels’ transitional council has ruled out extraditing the convicted bomber back to Scotland.
“We will not give any Libyan citizen to the West,” Libyan Justice Minister Mohammed al-Alagi said. “Megrahi has already been judged once and he will not be judged again. We do not hand over Libyan citizens. (...)"