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US: Put Lockerbie Bomber Back in Jail

It's been a year since controversial release
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2010 7:27 AM CDT
US: Put Lockerbie Bomber Back in Jail
Megrahi's handiwork on a field in Lockerbie, Scotland.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – It's been a year since Scotland made the staggering decision to free the man convicted of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 and 270 souls over Lockerbie, and the US has a little anniversary message: Put him back in jail. White House counterterror chief John Brennan told Scottish officials that "Megrahi should serve out the remainder—the entirety—of his sentence in a Scottish prison."

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chimed in, reports the BBC, saying the US continued to "categorically disagree" with Scotland's decision. Sen. Robert Menendez, meanwhile, expressed anger that Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was, despite having been given three months to live, "still very much alive and very much free." For a trove of stories on Megrahi, click here. (Read more Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi stories.)

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