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Lockerbie Bomber Dies at 60

Monday, May 21, 2012

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing which killed 270 people, including 189 Americans, died yesterday in Libya, at the age of 60. His death comes nearly three years after Scotland released him from prison on humanitarian grounds, and eleven years his conviction for planting a bomb on Pan Am Flight 103 in December 1988. John Ashton is Megrahi’s biographer and the author of "Megrahi: You Are My Jury," and Eileen Monetti's 20-year-old son Rick was returning from an academic semester abroad on Pan Am 103.

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WNYC News

Lockerbie Families Relieved at Death of Man Blamed

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Families of Pan Am Flight 103 passengers who died when the plane exploded over Scotland more than two decades ago say they're relieved that the Libyan officer convicted in the bombing has died.

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WNYC News

Gadhafi's Death Resonates With Families of Pan Am Victims

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Relatives of the victims of the 1988 Pan Am bombing said they're relieved that Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is dead. Many families waited years for the dictator's downfall, but many added they still want answers about Libyan involvement in the bombing that killed 270 people flying to New York's JFK airport.

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WQXR News

Senators, Families Want More Information About Release of Lockerbie Bomber

Monday, July 26, 2010

United States Senators from New York and New Jersey are pressing for British and Scottish officials to testify before the Foreign Relations Committee, following more questions about the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.

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WNYC News

Senators, Families Want More Information About Release of Lockerbie Bomber

Monday, July 26, 2010

United States Senators from New York and New Jersey are pressing for British and Scottish officials to testify before the Foreign Relations Committee this week, following more questions about the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi. A letter has now surfaced showing a British-Libyan business council that includes BP and other oil companies pressed for his release in 2009. Scottish officials have insisted al-Megrahi was released to Libya solely on humanitarian grounds because he had cancer.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Cameron, Afghan aid and Iran's nuclear programme

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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The Takeaway

As He Meets Obama, British PM Cameron Faces Criticism Over Lockerbie Bomber

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron met with President Obama in the White House for the first time since taking office in May. The leaders discussed the war in Afghanistan and the global economy. But in the news conference after the meeting, the issue of BP and its role in the release of the Lockerbie bomber last year dominated the discussion.

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was sentenced to life in prison for planning the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, which killed 270 people. The Scottish government released Megrahi last August on compassionate terms after a doctor diagnosed him with terminal prostate cancer, saying he had only three months to live.

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The Takeaway

Questions Surround BP's Involvement in Release of Pan Am Flight 103 Bomber

Friday, July 16, 2010

BP has been under fire since April for its responsibility in the Gulf of Mexico's disastrous oil gusher. Ironically, the same week the oil is finally contained, BP faces more trouble — this time involving the release of the so-called Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi.

New reports allege B.P. lobbied for the early prison release of convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomber.  Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich interviewed New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez about the story and joins us, coming u

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