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US says it has no plans to make Libya aid contingent on jailing freed Lockerbie bomber
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Obama administration says it will continue to press Libyan rebels to review the case of the convicted Lockerbie bomber but won't make the transfer of frozen Gadhafi regime assets contingent on his return to prison.
As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton prepares to attend an international conference aimed at boosting aid to the rebels, U.S. officials said Wednesday that getting the money to the opposition takes priority over dealing with the case of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi (AHB'-dehl BAH'-seht ahl-meh-GRAH'-hee). Al-Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence agent, is the only person convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 but was released from prison two years ago. He is now reported near death.
Some lawmakers want the U.S. to withhold support for the rebels unless Megrahi is jailed.