- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 25, 2009

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Gordon Brown declared Tuesday that he was “repulsed” by Libya’s welcome to the Lockerbie bomber, saying that he immediately thought of the families of the 270 people killed in the explosion.

It was the first time Brown has commented on the homecoming given to Abdel Baset al-Megrahi. The Libyan convicted in the 1988 bombing was released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds last week.

“I was both angry and I was repulsed by the reception of a convicted bomber guilty of a huge terrorist crime received on his return to Libya,” Brown said.

But Brown would not say if he thought it was right or wrong to release the bomber, arguing that it was a matter for Scotland’s justice system to decide.

“I want to make absolutely clear, however, that whatever decision was made on compassionate grounds by the Scottish government, our resolve to fight terrorism is absolute,” he said. “Our determination to work with other countries to fight and to root out terrorism is total.”

The Scottish administration has faced unrelenting criticism from the both the U.S. government and the families of American victims of the airline bombing since it announced the release.

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