Senate condemns release of Lockerbie bomber

11/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Senate has unanimously condemned the release of the Libyan terrorist convicted in Pan Am bombing over Lockerbie and called upon Libya to apologize for celebrating his return.

The symbolic step came as Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The resolution was approved by unanimous voice vote.

The bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988 killed 270 people, including 189 Americans. A Scottish magistrate ordered the release last month of convicted terrorist Abdel Baset al-Megrahi (AHB'-dehl BAH'-seht ahl-meh-GRAH'-hee), diagnosed with fatal prostate cancer. He was greeted by thousands of cheering Libyans upon his arrival, infuriating the victims' families.