WASHINGTON (AP) - White House is condemning the elaborate homecoming the freed Lockerbie bomber received in Libya.
Spokesman Robert Gibbs said Friday that the images of a jubilant, flag-waving crowd greeting Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in Tripoli were "outrageous and disgusting" and offensive to the families of those killed in the 1988 Lockerbie attack.
Al-Megrahi is dying of prostate cancer, and was freed by Scotland on compassionate grounds after serving eight years of a life sentence over the attack.
President Barack Obama has said that al-Megrahi should be placed under house arrest. He calls the hero's welcome for al-Megrahi "highly objectionable"
Gibbs says the administration has been in contact with the Libyan government and will watch how it responds.