Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has appealed to Libyan rebel leaders to jail Abdel Basset, the mastermind of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.
   
"As I have said many times, the United States categorically disagrees with the decision that was made two years ago by the Scottish executive to release Abdel Basset al-Megrahi and return him to Libya. We have never wavered from our disagreement and condemnation of that decision," Clinton told reporters at the 'Friends of Libya' gathering in Paris.

"He should be behind bars. We have consistently extended our deepest sympathies to those families who have to live everyday with the knowledge that they lost their loved ones, and they wanted justice to prevail, and we think justice was aborted," she said.
   
In 2009, Scotland had released Abdel, an alleged Libyan agent convicted of bombing Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, southern Scotland, in 1988, killing 270 people.
   
Several lawmakers have written to Clinton about seeking assurance from the National Transitional Council of Libya on this issue.
   
"We will continue to pursue justice on behalf of the victims of this terrorist attack. The United States has kept open the case concerning the Lockerbie bombing. We have raised the investigation with the TNC.

   
"We've conveyed the importance that the United States places on this issue. We want more information, and we want to have access to those who might have been somehow involved in the planning or execution of the bombing," Clinton said.
   
She said the NTC has assured US that they understand the sensitivities surrounding the case and they will give the matter the consideration it richly deserves at the earliest opportunity.

(Agencies)