On Libya, Schumer Wants Rebel Recognition Tied to Lockerbie Bomber Extradition

Libya’s rebels “must pledge to hand the Lockerbie bomber over to US custody in return for any long-term US recognition as their country’s legitimate government, a US senator said Thursday,” the AFP reports.

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer urged US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a letter to "condition any long term support or recognition" of Moamer Kadhafi’s foes "on a public, enforceable" promise of extradition.

Schumer said the goal of getting Libyan agent Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi in US custody was "so that he may be tried and convicted in an American criminal court."

Al-Megrahi “is the only man convicted over the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in December 1988, which killed 270 people.”

Megrahi, who has terminal cancer, was released from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds in August 2009.

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