Gadhafi visit angers Pan Am 103 families

July 23, 2009 at 9:21 AM
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NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) -- Many who lost relatives in the 1988 crash of Pan Am Flight 103 say they are horrified to learn Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi plans to visit New York this fall.

Gadhafi, who is blamed in the bombing of the plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, has been invited to address the United Nations General Assembly on September 23, The Times of London reported Thursday.

The newly-released U.N. schedule calls for Gadhafi to speak directly after U.S. President Barack Obama on the opening day of the organization's annual session.

"As far as I'm concerned he's still the enemy," said Joan Dater, who lost her daughter Gretchen in the bombing.

Kara Weipz, whose brother Richard Monetti was on the plane, said the prospect of Gadhafi visiting the United States "turns my stomach."

Frank Duggan, who heads the family group Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, said Gadhafi "murdered 270 people, including 189 Americans."

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