VPAF103

The defection of Mousa Kousa

We, the Board of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc, represent the American families and friends of the 270 victims of the bombing. We want the Scottish prosecutors and the Dumfries and Galloway police to be able to question Mousa Kousa about the Pan AM 103 bombing, but we would also like the US authorities to be able to question him in conjunction with their Scottish colleagues. We do NOT want him to be granted immunity anywhere. We want him to be tried and convicted for his part in the bombing. We know that he was in such a position in Libya that he was a mastermind in this crime. We do NOT want him to be let go as a free man, either with immunity or due to compassionate grounds! We would like all those responsible of this terrorist act to be tried and convicted.

Libyan Protests

The Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 Inc. strongly support the efforts of the U.S. government to impose unilateral sanctions on the Gaddafi regime. For 22 years we have known the truth of the lethal nature of the Gaddafi regime. The terrible attacks on the Libyan people in recent days are irrefutable proof of the need to bring an end to Gaddfi's regime of terror. We add our call for immediate action by the United Nations, by the United States, by the European Union, The African Union, the League of Arab States, and all civilized countries to bring an end to the persecution of the Libyan people

Remarks of John O. Brennan, December 21, 2009

Thank you, Frank, for your introduction and for your stewardship of this incredible organization -- this family of families -- dedicated to the memory of those who were loved so much.

To Mary Kay Stratis and all the spouses and families and friends, I am deeply humbled to join you on a day that I know is still difficult for so many of you. For others, 21 years might seem like a lifetime. To you, I know it seems like just yesterday.

And so for you and your families, this is an intensely personal moment. At the same time, it is a day for our nation -- to remember, to reflect and to reaffirm our commitment to spare others the pain and loss you have known.

On Recent Events

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. His first appeal was denied; and he withdrew his second appeal. He has shown no remorse or regret or asked forgiveness. We deplore the fact that Scottish Minister Kenny MacAskill decided to release him on any grounds -- compassionate or otherwise. He should have been required to serve out his sentence in Scotland -- ill or not -- as we were promised when he was tried and found guilty in January, 2001.

We are very grateful for all the support that we have received both in recent weeks 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. We are grateful to the Crown Office for their unending dedication to the prosecution of this case. While we in no way condone the decision or the actions of Mr. MacAskill, one man should in no way represent a whole people. We are actively pursuing the truth to allegations of secret deals between the British Government, the Royal Family, and Libya. We can never forget that those who sponsored and carried out this act of terrorism reside in Libya.

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Protesting Gaddafi's Presence at the United Nations on Sept 23, 2009

Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. (VPAF103) will join with the American Libyan Freedom Alliance (ALFA) to Protest Gaddafi's Presence at the United Nations on Sept 23rd in New York City.

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.

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.

2007 Syracuse Remembrance Ceremony and Annual Meeting

2:03 pm, Friday afternoon, October 26th, the Rose Laying ceremony will begin at the Wall of Remembrance on the Syracuse University campus. This will be followed by a convocation and reception also on campus. At 6:30 pm, Friday evening, we will have a dinner at the Syracuse Sheraton Hotel for any family/friends attending (everyone is responsible for their own meal charges). The annual membership meeting of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 will be at 10 am Saturday, October 27 in the SU Bird Library.

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