Yonkers, NY — When Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted of the Pan American bombling that took place over Lockerbie, Scotland, upon his release by Scottish authorities for humanitarian reasons was welcomed on Libyan soil with a welcome party, many people were ticked off. Two of those Americans are Reps. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Kay Granger (R-Texas). Ms Lowey is the chair of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee and Ms Granger is the ranking member. The two also were also displeased with Qadhafi wanting to set up a huge tent in preparation for his address to the United Nations. Further, the property upon which President Qadafi had intended to set up in Bedford, NY, was on the periphery of Ms Lowey's district, and within proximity of many of the family members of the victims of that crime.
They wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stating: "The celebration that President (Qadhafi) recently held in honor of … the only man convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, showed just how little remorse (he) has for the terrorist attacks that killed 270 civilians."
Lowey and Granger have placed a hold on $2.5 million meant to go to Libya, some of it would have gone to organizations headed by Qadhafi's children. Lowey spokesman Matthew Dennis said, "Congresswoman Lowey was pleased to be in a position to make her displeasure understood."