26 Aug 2009

Fury over US visit by Libyan leader

4:31 pm on 26 August 2009

Residents in New Jersey are furious to hear of plans by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to stay at a house in Englewood for United Nations General Assembly meetings.

There is outrage in the United States over the return of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Mehgrahi to Libya.

He was freed last week by Scotland on compassionate grounds.

The Libyan embassy owns a house in New Jersey, outside New York city, and the Libyan leader has indicated that he wants to stay there.

New Jersey Congressman Steve Rothman says the visit must be stopped.

Some 270 people were killed in the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, including 189 Americans.