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“Justice is all that our victims’ families seek, and our efforts have never been about monetary compensation, which surely cannot replace lost lives,” he said.

The families support further investigation into the bombing, especially because only one Libyan intelligence officer, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, was ever convicted of the attack. A Scottish court sentenced him to life in 2001, but the Scottish government released him in 2009, believing he had terminal cancer and only three months to live. He died last year in Libya.

Mr. Duggan told Mr. Aujali that the Pan Am families hope for the best in the Libyan government. “We hope that your new government can prosper as a democratic state with justice for all of your citizens,” he said.

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


Guy Verhofstadt, a member of the European Parliament from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. He addresses the Brookings Institution and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation on the European Union financial crisis.


Charles Moore, a British political commentator and authorized biographer of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He addresses the Heritage Foundation on her warning about the powers of a European superstate.

Bishop David Zac Niringiye, former assistant bishop of the Diocese of Kampala, Uganda. He addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies about the political climate in his East African nation.

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