Senate to hold hearing on bomber's release
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UNITED STATES -- Senate leaders, including Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, are taking the next step to get answers about the release of the Lockerbie bomber.
Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was released from a Scottish prison 11 months ago after a doctor gave him three months to live with prostate cancer. But recently, it's come to light that he may survive another 10 years.
Last week, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand met with the British Prime Minister to call for an investigation. Now it appears they are taking matters into their own hands.
At a news conference Monday in Times Square, it was announced that a hearing has been planned for this week on the Senate floor for the Foreign Relations Committee to examine the release of al-Megrahi.
"The abundance of incredible coincidences surrounding al-Megrahi's release deserves a real, open, transparent hearing. Full information regarding the most dubious aspects of a decision to release him should be made public," said Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey.
Senator Menendez is heading up the hearing. He says several British officials have already declined invitations to testify. He is still waiting to hear whether B\P's CEO Tony Heyward and the liaison between the Libyan and British government will appear.