Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Federal investigation of Lockerbie continues, says US Attorney General

[What follows is taken from a report published today on the Syracuse.com website:]

US Attorney General Eric Holder says the federal investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 will continue despite the recent death of the Libyan agent convicted in the 1988 attack.

Holder, testifying today before a Senate committee, was asked by US Sen Charles Schumer if there was a renewed effort to hold accountable others who might have helped plan or execute the planting of a bomb on board the flight.

Holder said he met recently with the Libyan prime minister, who was visiting the United States, and pressed him for a full accounting of Libya's involvement.

"I think there is still a basis to believe that more investigation is warranted, and we are pressing the Libyan government in that regard," Holder said.

The bombing on Dec. 21, 1988 killed 270 people when a flight from London exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. Among the dead were 35 Syracuse University students returning from a semester abroad and five others with ties to Central New York. (…)

Schumer, D-NY, told Holder that it's very likely al-Megrahi did not act alone, and that his accomplices have not been brought to justice. The senator said it's important for the families of the victims to continue the investigation.

"To know that other people are living freely, particularly when there is a different Libyan government now, is unfair" to the victims' families, Schumer said.

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