[What follows is an excerpt from yesterday's US Department of State daily press briefing, conducted by acting spokesperson Mark C Toner:]
QUESTION: One question on Libya, too?
MR TONER: Sure. Go ahead.
QUESTION: Al-Megrahi, the guy who was accused of the bombing Pan Am, he gave an interview. He said it would be the last before he dies, and he is –
MR TONER: That’s a story we’ve heard before.
QUESTION: Yeah, yeah. He’s confirming his innocence. What’s the update on your talks with the authorities in Libya about the bombing of Pan Am?
MR TONER: I don’t have an update for you. I know we have raised it multiple times with the interim government. They pledged to cooperate. I think we’ve said before that they say they have a number of different priorities before they can tackle this problem. For us, clearly, this is a very high priority. And so we’re going to continue to talk and engage with them. I’ll try to see if I can get an update on where those discussions stand.
QUESTION: But you don’t take his words serious, like he’s saying he’s innocent?
MR TONER: I don’t. But we certainly welcome additional – an additional investigation into if there is more evidence on this. But he should be back in jail in Scotland. He never should have been released.