Megrahi release a mistake, says Obama

Author: By Matt Williams, Press Association in New York

In a live radio interview, the president said the United States administration
had been in contact with the Scottish Government to register its objection
to the move.

He also called on Libya to ensure Megrahi is not given a welcome back to his
home country after being released today from a Scottish prison.

The Lockerbie bomber flew out of Britain today after being freed on
compassionate grounds by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.

In the build-up to the announcement, Mr MacAskill came under intense US
pressure to keep Megrahi behind bars, with Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton lobbying against a decision she said was “absolutely wrong”.

Of the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, 189 were American.

Mr Obama said he had contacted families of the deceased and indicated to them
that the release was inappropriate.

He added: “We have been in contact with the Scottish Government indicating
that we object to this. We thought it was a mistake.”

The President continued: “We are now contacting the Libyan government to make
sure that if this transfer has taken place, he is not welcomed back in some
way but should instead be under house arrest.”

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