Clinton urges review of decision to release Libyan

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Posted: Jul 19, 2010 3:02 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, Obama, Libya, Lockerbie bombing, Scotland

The Obama administration is asking the Scottish and British governments to review the decision last summer to release the Libyan convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing.

In letters to U.S. lawmakers, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the administration wants the officials in Scotland and Britain to review what she called the underlying facts and circumstances leading to the release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.

The senators from New Jersey and New York had written to Clinton last week, asking for an investigation of whether oil giant BP played a role in winning the Libyan's release.

Clinton's spokesman, P.J. Crowley, told reporters Monday that a Scottish review is unlikely to reverse the decision.

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