John Bolton says Libyan tyrant Moammar Gadhafi should face U.S. justice before he gets tried by the Libyans or in an international court. The former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Monday it is appropriate to ask the fledgling Libyan government for the extradition to the United States of the mastermind of the Pan Am 103 bombing.
Abdelbaset Mohmed al-Megrahi, who planned the bombing of the airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, in which 259 passengers — mostly Americans — perished was released from Scottish imprisonment on humanitarian grounds two years ago because he was supposedly near death.
“Oh, absolutely — I think the United States should insist that Megrahi be sent to the United States,” Bolton said. “Part of the deal that was cut during the Clinton administration in 1999 was that Libya would fully cooperate with the Scottish investigation, and they clearly did not. So I think whatever deal we had was voided by the Libyans. There were 189 Americans killed on Pan Am 103. So I'd bring him to this country.
“I think we did make a lot of concessions, just by agreeing that he would be tried under Scottish law — we gave up the death penalty,” he said. “And in fact — even worse — Kofi Anan, the secretary general of the United Nations, sent a letter to Gadhafi, countersigned by representatives of Britain and the United States, that the Scottish investigation — and here’s the key phrase — would not undermine the government of Libya.
“Well, how outrageous — The order to blow up Pan Am 103 ultimately had to have come from Gadhafi,” Bolton continued. “So there’s no double jeopardy problem there — before Gadhafi gets tried by the Libyans or by the International Criminal Court, we ought to have him sent to the United States.”
Van Susteren wondered why the accused bombing mastermind was released.
“British Petroleum — the British wanted more oil leases in Libya — they have been trying to increase their commercial ties with Libya for years,” Bolton said. “And I think there was, in effect, a quid pro quo — and I think everybody knew it. I think the Scottish government's argument that this was compassionate release is just utterly hypocritical.
“They violated their agreement with the United States that Megrahi would stay in prison — that was part of our condition to give up the death penalty,” he said. “So I think Britain’s in violation, too — and it’s just outrageous.”
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