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Qaddafi Victims Ask Lawmakers for Help

November 2, 2011
American victims of state-sponsored Libyan terrorism are on the Hill today and tomorrow, asking lawmakers to address a feared shortfall in a compensation fund for Americans impacted by Muammar el-Qaddafi's violent regime.

Represented by the law firm Crowell & Moring, the four Americans will meet with Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), among others. There are concerns that the victims will only receive 20 percent of what they are owed, as this CNN report outlines, so the victims will be asking lawmakers to ensure the State Department pays them the full share. They are proposing using some of Qaddafi's $37 billion of frozen assets to fill any shortfall.

The victims heading to the Hill are Jon Pollack, a survivor of the 1985 Rome Airport attack; Richard Melhart, who was beaten aboard a hijacked Pan Am flight in 1986; Maria del Carmen Diaz, a survivor of the 1973 attack at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv; and Jack Schutzius, whose sister died when UTA Flight 772 was bombed in 1989.
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