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Hon. Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman
Hon. Alcee L. Hastings, Co-Chairman
For Immediate Release
www.csce.gov
August 20, 2009

STATEMENT OF HELSINKI COMMISSION CO-CHAIRMEN ON EARLY RELEASE OF ABDEL BASSET MOHAMED AL-MEGRAHI


WASHINGTON—Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) issued the following statement today upon learning of the release of Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Meghri in Scotland:


“We are disappointed to see the man convicted of the deadliest terrorist attack before 9/11 today walking free from a Scottish prison. Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi was sentenced to life behind bars for a reason. Al-Megrahi showed no compassion in December 21, 1988 when he bombed Pan Am flight 103, killing 270 innocent people, including 189 Americans, and he deserves no compassion today. When convicted by a U.K. court, the families of victims had the right to expect that the man behind this senseless killing would never walk free again. To those families, we extend deep sympathy and share their frustration and sense of betrayal.”

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