Bill to Settle Claims Against Libya Passes
Friday, August 1, 2008
Congress approved legislation yesterday that will allow the State Department to settle all remaining lawsuits filed against Libya by U.S. terrorism victims.
The bill prepares the way for healing the last rifts between the United States and Libya, but only after the country fully compensates Americans harmed in Libyan-sponsored attacks, including the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and the 1986 bombing of the La Belle discotheque in Berlin.
The Senate passed the measure without objection yesterday. The House followed suit later in the day, sending it to President Bush, who is expected to sign it.
It creates a new fund to compensate the victims and grants Libya immunity from terrorism-related lawsuits once the secretary of state certifies that they have been paid.
Victims' families applauded the measure.