Lockerbie row: Cameron agrees to meet US Senators

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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