US warned Scotland bomber could get hero's welcome (AP)

Aug 28, 2009 - WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder warned his Scottish counterpart in June that the man convicted of blowing U.S.-bound Pan Am Flight 103 out of the sky could get a hero's welcome if allowed to return to Libya, according to the head of a group representing the families of victims.

Holder's warning to Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill came nearly two months before the bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, was released from a Scottish prison and greeted by a cheering crowd on his arrival in Libya last week.

Thank You For Your Love and Support

We are very grateful for all the support that we have received both in the last week and the last 20 1/2 years. The response from those we know and don't know has been amazing. We have heard from people all over the world, and we have been deeply touched. It has helped make an unbearable situation a little more tolerable. Furthermore, we have been grateful for the warmth the Scottish people have shown us for over 20 years. Nothing can erase the care and love they've showed to us and our loved ones.

Official Response to the Release of al-Megrahi

We, the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc, are devastated and outraged following the recent release of Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi from the Scottish prison in Glasgow. This man is the convicted mass murderer of our loved ones--270 innocent victims in all. He showed no compassion to them or their families when he placed a bomb aboard Pan Am 103, killing all 259 on board the plane and 11 on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, 1988. Since that time, he was tried and found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison in Scotland.

A Letter from FBI Directer Mueller to Secretary MacAskill

FBI Director Robert Mueller wrote to Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to express his outrage at al-Megrahi's compassionate release.

my heart is absolutely aching today

In echoing the feelings of many of the family and friends of the victims of Pan Am Flight 103 at the compassionate release of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the man convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103, Kelly Homan Rodoski, Syracuse University '92, said "my heart is absolutely aching today."

The Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc Thanks US Senators for their Support

The Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc is thankful to Senators Frank R. Lautenberg, John F. Kerry, Edward M. Kennedy, Charles E. Schumer, Robert Menendez, Patrick J. Leahy and Kristen Gillibrand for their continued support as can be seen through their letter to Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice of the Scottish Government. The letter expresses their belief that Abdel Basset al-Megrahi should remain in Scotland to complete his sentence. The full letter is attached.

Richard Marquise in Response to Lucy Adams at The Herald

Richard Marquise, a former FBI agent who investigated the bombing, wrote a letter to Lucy Adams at The Herald in response to her article Embarrassment to a nation or an act of compassion?. He shared his letter with the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 as well as allowed The Herald to print it as a letter to the editor.

20th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony Photos

Images from the 20th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

On December 21, 1988
Father Pat Keegan

Submit Photos for 20th Anniversary Slide Show

For the 20th Anniversary dinner program, we are preparing a slide show of the victims and/or their families. If you have pictures that you would like to submit, please contact All pictures will be used solely for Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc., including this web site. We request that you submit all photos by August 1, 2008.

For each submitted picture:

Pan Am 103 Families Call on Libya to Fulfill 100 Percent Justice to Victims

As State Department Announces Bilateral Negotiations with Libya, Families of the 1988 Lockerbie Bombing Urge Libya to be Held Accountable to 2003 Agreement


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