Gadhafi urged to take care on Lockerbie

Sept. 3, 2009 at 12:08 PM
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UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has been advised not to gloat about the release of the Libyan secret agent convicted of the Lockerbie jet bombing, sources say.

Gadhafi plans to travel to the United States later this month, his first such visit since taking power 40 years ago.

Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Natons, cautioned the Libyan leader to be careful in discussing the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. The crash claimed 270 lives, 189 of them Americans.

He is dying of cancer, and Scottish authorities said they released him for humanitarian reasons. Rice called the situation "a very raw and sensitive subject for all Americans."

Gadhafi is to attend U.N. meetings Sept. 23-24.

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