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TRENTON, N.J. | Their own request denied, four U.S. senators are pressuring the State Department to push Britain to investigate the circumstances of last year’s release of the man convicted of the Lockerbie airliner bombing.
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was released from a Scottish prison in September after doctors said the cancer-stricken man had only three months to live. However, a doctor now says al-Megrahi could live for another decade.
Al-Megrahi had served eight years of a life sentence for the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of the Pan Am Flight 103 as it flew from London to New York. The bombing killed 270 people, most of them American.
Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer of New York and Frank R. Lautenberg and Robert Menendez of New Jersey requested the investigation in a July 7 letter to the British ambassador to the U.S.
In his response to the senators, Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald said due process was followed.
State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley could not say whether Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received the letter from the senators seeking the investigation but that the U.S. continues to watch the situation with al-Megrahi closely.
No public comment on Reid’s remark
Last week, shortly after Mr. Obama appeared at a fundraiser for the Nevada Democrat, Mr. Reid appeared on a Las Vegas TV program and remarked that Mr. Obama at times should have been more firm with Republicans.
In the TV interview, Mr. Reid called Mr. Obama “a person who doesn’t like confrontation” and “a peacemaker.” But Mr. Reid added that at times Mr. Obama needed to be “a little more forceful.” One issue he cited in particular was health care.
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