Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 20, 2009

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

FBI Responds to Decision to Release Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi

Statement of Director Robert S. Mueller, III, Federal Bureau of Investigation

We are deeply disappointed over the decision to release Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi from prison. Mr. Megrahi’s guilt was firmly established by the court. His conviction resulted in a life sentence for his part in the loss of 270 innocent lives, including 189 Americans. He never admitted to his role in this act of terrorism, nor did he or the government of Libya disclose the names or roles of others who were responsible. In a case of mass murder over Lockerbie, Mr. Megrahi served less than 14 days per victim. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those victims today, for the ongoing pain and loss caused by this horrific attack.

 



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