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Canada to voice anger with Lockerbie bomber during Libyan leader's visit
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15:47, September 25, 2009

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Canada will voice its concerns regarding Libya's treatment of released Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi when leader Moammar Gadhafi visits , a government official said Thursday.

Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi will stop in the eastern Canadian city of St. John's, capital of Newfoundland province after he leaves the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City, Dimitri Soudas, a spokesperson for the prime minister's office, said in a statement.

Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon has been ordered by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to meet Gadhafi to "voice Canada's strong disapproval over the hero's welcome organized for Abdel Baset al-Megrahi," Soudas said.

She stressed that Gadhafi's visit is not an official one as transatlantic flights often stop to refuel in Newfoundland. It's also unclear whether Gadhafi will agree to the planed meeting.

Al-Megrahi, the only person to be convicted in the Lockerbie bombing, was released from a Scottish prison in August on compassionate grounds because he has terminal cancer. His high-profile reception in Libya "constituted an insult to all the victims who died including Canadians," the prime minister's office said Thursday.

Three Canadians were aboard the doomed plane, which exploded above the Scottish town of Lockerbie in 1988, killing 270 people.

Source: Xinhua



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