Libya has paid its $1.5 billion obligation to compensate American victims of Libyan terrorist attacks, according to U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey). The funds were paid under terms of the Libyan Claims Resolution Act, sponsored by Lautenberg.
Compensation was paid by Libya for the 1988 Pan Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 279, including 38 Americans, the1968 bombing of the Labelle discotheque bombing in Berlin, Germany which killed two and injured approximately 90 Americans and other U.S. deaths and injuries in still pending cases.
"American victims and their families have waited decades for Libya to pay for its deadly acts of violence -- and today they have received long-overdue justice," Sen. Lautenberg said in a press release. "I am pleased that our relentless pressure and support for terror victims has led to this historic moment."
In 2004, President Bush lifted economic sanctions against Libya which had been in place since 1986, and in 2006, Bush removed Libya from the State Departmentís list of state sponsors of terrorism. Both actions came before Libya had paid any compensation to American victims of its terror attacks.