Khaddafy Meets with Lockerbie Family Members in NYC

By Caitlin Millat
|  Saturday, Sep 26, 2009  |  Updated 6:15 AM CDT
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Libyan leader Moammar Khaddafy continued his whirlwind New York City trip with a visit to the family of a man killed in the Lockerbie bombings, an attack widely attributed to the dictator Khaddafy's home country.

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Libyan leader Moammar Khaddafy continued his whirlwind New York City trip with a visit to the family of a man killed in the Lockerbie bombings, an attack widely attributed to the dictator Khaddafy's home country.

Khaddafy met with the sister of a man who died in the 1988 bombing of Pam Am flight 103, which crashed over Lockerbie, Scotland in an international collision of world powers that caused the U.S. and Libya to split ties until 2006.

"He generally said he was very sorry for the loss, but we didn't go into any details about the bombing," attorney Lisa Gibson said of the meeting, which took place at the Libyan Mission to the United Nations Wednesday. Gibson's brother was stationed in the Army in Berlin and was coming home for Christmas when he and 269 others were killed in the bombing.

"He was very friendly and cordial to us," said Gibson, who gave Khaddafy a pen and a card and told the dictator she had been praying for him. "Honestly, I think he was touched by us being there."

Gibson, a Libyan activist who has been three times to the country and has raised money for Libyan children with AIDS, said their meeting was arranged through a Libyan ambassador. She also said another person who had lost a family member -- their father -- in the Lockerbie bombing was present at the meeting.

Khaddafy was in town for the U.N. summit, camping out in Westchester when he was refused a room by New York City's hotels.

Convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was released last month after al-Megrahi was diagnosed with fatal prostate cancer.

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