U.S. Senators protest al-Megrahi release
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UNITED STATES -- New York's Senators are looking for answers in the release of a man convicted in the Lockerbie airliner bombing.
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was released from a Scottish prison last August because a doctor said he had three months to live. He had served eight years of his life sentence when he was released on compassionate grounds and allowed to return home to Libya.
But now the same doctor says al-Megrahi, who has cancer, might have ten more years to live.
Thirty-five Syracuse University students and a handful of others from Upstate New York were on Pan Am Flight 103 when it exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
Senator Charles Schumer says he feels there were ulterior motives behind the bomber's release and is calling for a full investigation.
"The people who lost loved ones, they didn't have three months extra with their son or daughter or husband or wife. They didn't have ten years extra, they lost them immediately through a dastardly, despicable act of terrorism," said Schumer.
Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and the two senators from New Jersey sent a letter to the U.K. ambassador demanding an investigation.