Attorney General Deeply Disappointed Over Lockerbie Bombers Release

08.20.09 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC)  --  Attorney General Eric Holder calls himself deeply disappointed over the release of the man convicted of masterminding the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.  Abdel Basset al-Megrahi has been freed from a prison in Scotland on compassionate grounds because he's dying of prostate cancer.

In a statement, Holder said there was "simply no justification" for the release, arguing the "interests of justice have not been served."  Al-Megrahi was serving a life sentence for plotting the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people.  In an earlier statement, the White House called the release deeply regrettable.