President Romney Rebuffed: Libya Will Not Turn Over Lockerbie Bomber

by Julian Ku

Not shocking, really.

Aug 29, 2011 (Voice of America News/ContentWorks via COMTEX) — Libya’s rebel government said Sunday it will not extradite the Libyan man convicted in the 1988 bombing of a U.S.-bound jetliner which killed 270 people when it exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Mohammed al-Alagi, the Transitional National Council’s justice minister, told reporters in Tripoli that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi already has been tried and convicted in Scotland for bombing Pan Am flight 103. He said the rebels will not hand over Libyan citizens as former leader Moammar Gadhafi did.

But the comments by the new minister for justice also suggests the new Libyan government won’t be turning over individuals to the ICC either. We’ll see how much pressure they get on this point and whether they cave.

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