FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 20, 2010

CONTACT: Jameson Cunningham Shirley & Banister Public Affairs 703-739-5920/800-536-5920 jcunningham@sbpublicaffairs.com

ONE YEAR AFTER: ADMINISTRATION STILL STONEWALLING FAMILIES OF LOCKERBIE VICTIMS
“APP founder calls on Senate Foreign Relations Committee to demand answers from President Obama and his administration’s involvement in release of Lockerbie bomber.”
Washington, DC – One year ago today the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, was released from jail and returned to a hero’s welcome in Libya, after doctors claimed he had only three months to live. Reports have recently surfaced that Megrahi, who has already outlasted his prognosis by a full nine months, may live on for seven more years. The Libyan government, moreover, has made signs it intends to sponsor public celebrations in honor of Megrahi on the anniversary of his release. “Never has the phrase ‘adding insult to injury’ been more apt,” said Dr. Robert George, founder of the American Principles Project and a personal friend of a young woman killed in the bombing. Dr. George represented her family in their lawsuit against the Libyan government. “The possibility that the Libyan government will actually hold a public celebration to mark the anniversary of Megrahi's release from prison is an outrage.” Dr. George elaborated: “Megrahi's release by Scottish authorities, with no effective effort by the Obama administration to prevent it, under the pretext of showing compassion for an allegedly dying man, was an injury to the cause of justice. The idea of a state-sponsored celebration of the injury by the Ghaddafi regime in Libya is an insult to the thousands of family members---moms and dads, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and others--left bereaved by Megrahi's act of mass murder. There is nothing we can do now to make things right. But we can stake steps to make sure that a wrong like this one never happens again.” The Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently postponed plans to hold hearings on the Megrahi release and investigate allegations that the release was motivated by a pending oil agreement with Libya. This decision was prompted in part by Scotland’s refusal to allow its public officials to appear before the committee. The Committee, however, can still pursue answers from officials within the U.S. government. Dr. George called upon the Committee to aggressively demand answers from the Obama administration over why the U.S. State Department gave the Scottish government a permission slip to release Megrahi: “We Americans have no votes in Scottish elections. The good people of Scotland will be the ones to hold their authorities accountable. But it is up to us to call our government to account. The stonewalling must end. We Americans must demand to know: What did U.S. officials know about the plans for Megrahi’s release, and when did they know it?” Dr. George concluded, “If President Obama knew about Megrahi’s pending release, what steps, if any, did he personally take to persuade Scottish authorities against it? If no steps were taken by the President, he owes us an explanation for that - and he owes the families of victims a sincere apology.” The American Principles Project is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving and propagating the fundamental principles on which our country was founded - universal principles, embracing the notion that we are all, "created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." For further information, please contact Jameson Cunningham with Shirley & Banister Public Affairs at (703) 739-5920 or (800) 536-5920. ###

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