Gadhafi Son: Lockerbie Kin 'Greedy'

Likely Libya successor rips families of victims of 1988 attack
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 29, 2008 10:16 AM CDT
Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, talks during a conference in Tripoli, Libya, late Thursday, July 24, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi’s son called the families of Lockerbie victims “very greedy” in their negotiations for compensation, the Independent reports. They leveraged “the blood of their sons and daughters” for “more money and more money" after the 1988 airline attack, said Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, seen as a likely successor to his father. He also told BBC that Libya took responsibility for the attack, which killed 270 people, only to get sanctions lifted and may someday be cleared.

Fired back a victim's father: "As many relatives I know would say, we would gladly repay any 'compensation' money if we could just have our loved ones back." In a letter to Scotland’s Herald, he noted that Libya’s claim on the attacks had rescued its economy and opened its oil to the West. “In this, many of us feel like pawns,” he wrote. Libya agreed in 2003 to pay $2.7 billion to the families.