Updated 08/26/2009 06:29 AM
Calls for international investigation into release of Lockerbie bomber
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UNITED STATES -- Families of the victims of Pan Am Flight 103 continue to protest the release of the man responsible for the attack and are now demanding an apology from the leader of Libya as he prepares to visit the U.S. next month.
Abdel Baset al Megrahi was released from a Scottish prison last week because he has terminal cancer. Megrahi received a joyful homecoming when he returned to Libya, a celebration that angered families of the Lockerbie bombing victims.
Senator Charles Schumer called Megrahi's release a disgrace, saying the U.S. should force Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to apologize during his visit and he wants U.S. leaders to find out what's behind the rumors of an oil deal tied to Megrahi's release.
"There should be an international investigation to see if there's a quid pro quo. There's a strong rumor that they let the guy out because they were going to be made by Gadhafi first in line for some oil deals that would be disgraceful," Schumer said.
There are concerns that during Gadhafi's visit, he might stay in a Libyan-owned estate in New Jersey, which is near the homes of some of the families of Lockerbie victims.