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Letter to the Honorable Eric H. Holder Jr., Attorney General, United States Department of Justice


Location: Washington, DC

Mr. Attorney General:

Though more than twenty years have passed since the cowardly bombing of PanAm Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, the loss felt by the friends and family of the 270 victims remains, including for those who live in my district. This loss is exacerbated by the fact that those truly responsible for this incident have had their punishments reduced or have escaped prosecution altogether.

The early release of Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi, who was to serve a life sentence for his role in the attack, enraged many who have followed this issue. Now, we are confronted with reports that Libyan officials close to Muammar Muhammad al-Gaddafi have indicated they have proof that Mr. Gaddafi himself ordered the bombing of Flight 103.

As many of the victims of this attack have been denied the justice and closure that is due them, I would request that the Justice Department fully investigate these new allegations. If evidence exists that other individuals participated in the attack on PanAm Flight 103, the Justice Department should pursue all options to bring those responsible to justice.

Secretary of State Clinton recently testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee where she discussed this matter. It is her view that these questions should be examined "expeditiously." It is my hope that the Justice Department will take that advice.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to your response detailing how the Department will work to ensure that all those responsible for this attack will be held accountable.

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