Updated 08/20/2010 04:20 PM
Pan Am bomber released one year ago
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UNITED KINGDOM -- It's been one year since the man convicted of bombing Pan Am flight 103 was released from a Scottish prison and now Britain's government is warning Libya against any sort of celebration for Abdel Bassett al-Megrahi.
Al-Megrahi was released last year and returned to Libya on compassionate grounds after doctors said his prostate cancer gave him just three months to live. He was serving a life sentence after being convicted in 1988 of the bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland that killed 270 people, including dozens from across Upstate New York, many of whom were students at Syracuse University.
In a statement released Friday, Britain's foreign office said any celebration of al-Megrahi's freedom would be "tasteless, offensive and deeply insensitive."
Meanwhile, President Obama's administration is asking that al-Megrahi be returned to prison.
Counterterrorism advisor John Brennan told reporters Friday that the U.S. has expressed strong conviction to Libyan officials that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi should not remain free.