Lockerbie row: Cameron agrees to meet US Senators
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 23:52
  
Washington: British Prime Minister David Cameron today agreed to meet four US Senators on the issues related to Lockerbie bomber release last year.

The British Embassy here and four Senators from New York and New Jersey -- Robert Menendez, Kirsten Gillibrand, Frank Lautenberg and Charles Schumer -- confirmed that the meeting has been scheduled on Tuesday night.

"I look forward to meeting with Prime Minister Cameron to discuss my request for an investigation into the release of the Lockerbie bomber," Lautenberg said.

"Our countries share a strong bond and a long history of pursuing justice, yet the circumstances surrounding the early release of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi are deeply troubling and demand a full review," Lautenberg said in a statement.

Cameron visit to Washington begins today as questions mount about the inaccurate medical prognosis that allowed al-Megrahi to be released on compassionate grounds and the possible influence of a BP oil deal with Libya on the decision to release him.

The Senators sent a letter to British Prime Minister yesterday requesting a sit-down during his visit to Washington, DC.

Initially the request was turned down, following which they expressed disappointment.

The Senators have called on the British government to open an investigation into the possible role BP played in securing the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi.

Menendez will chair a July 29 Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the matter.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 23:52


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