Clinton backs probe of Gaddafi role in Lockerbie bombing

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 16:21 EDT
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WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday backed calls for a probe into the possible role of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi and others in the 1988 plane bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Clinton told Congress she would “follow up” on a lawmaker’s query as to how Washington “could gather evidence and put together a case against Kadhafi and all those with whom he might have conspired” in launching the attack.

The chief US diplomat told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the committee’s chairwoman, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, raised the issue in a letter.

Clinton said law enforcement agencies would have to do much of the work requested in the letter but she would immediately ask FBI Director Robert Mueller, Attorney General Eric Holder and others to “see how we can move on that.”

The issue is pressing “because there have been statements made in the last days by what are now former members of the Libyan government fingering Kadhafi, making it clear that the order came from the very top,” Clinton said.

“I think we do need to move expeditiously,” she told the House Foreign Affairs Committee when asked about how to obtain justice for those who died in the bombing.

Swedish daily Expressen reported that Libya’s former justice minister Mustapha Abdeljalil, after defecting to the opposition, told the newspaper that he has “proof that Kadhafi gave the order on Lockerbie.”

Libyan national Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi was in 2001 convicted of the bombing of Pan AM Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie on December 21, 1988 that killed 270 people, most of them Americans.

But Scottish authorities, who have power over their own judicial affairs, released Megrahi, 58, on compassionate grounds in August 2009 after doctors said he was suffering from terminal cancer and had three months to live.

His release and subsequent hero’s return to Tripoli drew a furious response from many, and outrage in the United States has been stoked by the fact that he remains alive almost a year and a half after his release.

According to Abdeljalil, Kadhafi “ordered Megrahi to do it (the bombing),” and had worked hard to secure his release to ensure that his role in the plot remained secret.

“To hide it, he did everything in his power to get Megrahi back from Scotland,” the former minister said.

Libya is in turmoil as Kadhafi’s regime uses deadly force to hold onto power amid a popular uprising.

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  • Anonymous

    Too Many things to Investigate Here: Bankters’ Fraud, Election Fraud, 9-11, Antrax Etc, Etc.

    Wait… but the OIL and Money is There..

  • http://twitter.com/Bootstrapbettys Bootstrap Betty

    Hillary wants this Lockerbie thing to disappear! Gauci admitted to being paid 3 million dollars by the CIA for false testimony, and he was the only “eye witness” to boot.

    The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission also found 6 points of appeal for the poor fellow convicted. That has got to be one of the most brazen frame ups in history!

  • Anonymous

    There was an officer on that plane that had collected incriminating information about the GHWB administration. Libya had nothing to do with it. They let him go because they were afraid of his appeal. There was much evidence that was not presented, such as there was a break in the luggage area before the flight that had nothing to do with Libya, but American intelligence. None of the families believe that Libya did it.