With the Scottish government's release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Aldel Baset al Megrahi on compassionate grounds (al Megrahi has terminal prostate cancer), anger over his freedom and the his "hero's welcome" in Libya simmered in the U.S., the home of many of the bombing's victims. Victims' families are planning a September 23 protest, which is when Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is to give a speech at the United Nations. The Daily News said that after al Megrahi's return, "The Libyans dialed back on the displays of adoration Friday after the world reacted with disgust to the hero's welcome," but still, Senator Charles Schumer wants the U.N. to condemn the celebration. In the meantime, questions about the British government's interest in al Megrahi's release continued; the NY Times reports, "Lord Trefgarne, chairman of the Libyan British Business Council, said Mr. Megrahi’s release had opened the way for Britain’s leading oil companies to pursue multibillion-dollar oil contracts with Libya, which had demanded Mr. Megrahi’s return in talks with British officials and business executives."
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