Schumer calls on State Department to release frozen Libyan assets to terror victims

Oct 3, 2011

Now that the U.S. has frozen $32 billion in assets of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, New York Senator Chuck Schumer is looking for some of that money to go to the victims or families of Qaddafi-led terrorism.  

Schumer says the problem is many families or victims haven't gotten the compensation promised to them in a prior deal with Qaddafi. 

"Now that the tide in Libya has changed and we have frozen Qaddafi's assets, I am calling on the State Department to release those frozen assets to compensate Libyan terror victims and their families," said Schumer.

Schumer says the government will figure out a way to distribute the funds.

"Many have been compensated, but many have not," said Schumer. "For instance, if you were in the estate of someone who died in the Lockerbie bombing, you get compensation. But there are lots of others. Brothers, sisters, parents."

Schumer says central New York understands the issue well. 35 Syracuse University students, 2 SUNY Oswego students and a Town of Clay couple were among those killed in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland in 1988.