Menendez Continues Push for Independent Inquiry into Lockerbie Bomber

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) “scoffed Monday at a British government report that found no evidence of direct pressure from London on Scotland to free the Lockerbie bomber, and urged a new probe into his release,” the AFP reports.

"We renew our call again for an independent inquiry," Democratic Senator Robert Menendez said on a conference call with reporters. "It is important to get to the totality of the truth here."

His comments came after an official review of Scotland’s decision to free Libyan national Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi found Britain’s former government did "all it could" to help Libya in its appeals for his release.

The review, by Britain’s top civil servant Gus O’Donnell, said the Labour government feared that "UK interests would be damaged" if the bomber died in a Scottish jail but found no evidence of direct pressure by London on Edinburgh.

To say there was no such squeeze "really stretches the imagination," said Menendez, who told reporters O’Donnell’s review had focused on government documents and therefore "won’t produce all of the facts and all of the truth."

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