Washington: A key US Senator has asked
Secretary of State to seek access of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, convicted of conspiracy for planting the bomb that brought down Pan Am Flight 103, killing 189 innocent
Americans, from the Transitional National Council (TNC) which
is now the governing authority of Libya after deposing its
leader Muammar Gaddafi.
"Given that we have been told before that Megrahi was
near death when he actually was not, I urge you to call on the
TNC to allow American and international officials access to
Megrahi immediately in order to conduct an independent
assessment of his health status," Senator Robert Menendez,
said in a letter to Hillary Clinton.
"Then, if or when feasible, begin direct questioning of
Megrahi as to the involvement of others in the Pan Am 103
bombing. I also urge you to insist that the TNC meet its
commitment to cooperate with any US investigations into the
Pan Am bombing and other acts of terror by the Gaddafi regime
against US citizens," Menendez said in the letter released to
On Monday, the Justice Department said that indictment
of al-Megrahi and Lamin Fhimah for the bombing of Pan Am 103
remains pending in a US Court.
"The investigation of the bombing continues. It remains
open. The Justice Department has made no decisions," the State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, told reporters at her daily news conference.
Menendez said it is crucial that the TNC provide access
to Megrahi and that they adhere to the commitment they made
during their May consultations with me in Washington, DC to
cooperate with any United States investigation into the Pan Am
"The many unanswered questions around the Pan Am tragedy
won`t die with Megrahi, and the downfall of the Gaddafi
government presents the first real opportunity to learn the
truth about Gaddafi`s terrorist activities and to bring
Gaddafi, Megrahi, and other perpetrators of terrorism to
justice," he said.
Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd told The Cable
that even if Megrahi is not rearrested or if he dies, the US
will continue to hunt down the remaining culprits of the
"We remain firmly committed to bringing to justice
everyone who may have been involved in the Pan Am 103
bombing," he said.