Obama to Brown: Lockerbie Release a 'Disappointment'

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2009 4:04 PM CDT
Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama today brought his displeasure over the release of the Lockerbie bomber directly to Gordon Brown’s attention, the BBC reports. Obama did not specifically blame Brown, but relatives of those who died are outraged at the release, and the president has called it a “mistake.” The UK PM maintains the decision to spring Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was entirely up to the Scottish government.

In a phone call, “the president expressed his disappointment over the Scottish Executive's decision to release convicted Pan Am 103 Bomber al-Megrahi back to Libya” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.