With the news that there may be two more suspects in the 1988 bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, the US Senators from New Jersey and New York have introduced a bill doubling the reward for evidence resulting in a conviction to $10 million.
"Nothing we do will bring back home the 270 mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters we lost that day, including 34 New Jerseyans," New Jersey's junior senator, Cory Booker, said in a statement. "But our hope is that this legislation will empower the State Department to continue seeking justice for the victims and their families."
The Dec 21 terrorist bombing of the London-New York flight killed all 259 people on board, many traveling home for the holidays, plus another 11 people on the ground in Lockerbie.
Lybian [sic] intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison in 2001, but was released in 2009 and allowed to return to Lybia in a controversial decision that Scottish authorities said was prompted by his terminal cancer. He died in 2012.
Booker and fellow Democrats Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York introduced the bill after the Associated Press reported earlier this month that Scottish prosecutors had identified two other Libyans as suspects.
[RB: In the light of the problems created by the payments to the Gauci brothers from the US Rewards for Justice scheme, one may perhaps be forgiven for thinking that this is actually a Baldrick-style cunning plan.]