“Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who was serving life in prison for murdering 270 people when Pan Am flight 103 exploded in 1988, was freed by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill because he has terminal prostate cancer.”
This has stirred up a whole hornets nest of emotions today on both sides of the Atlantic. I for one think that the Mr. MacAskill has made a grave mistake. Furthermore I can’t believe this was agreed while the Scottish government was in recess. They are recalling the Scottish parliament next week in order to debate the decision but surely it’s a bit late, the guy is already back in Libya.
I find it really hard to understand why he should be set free. So what if he is dying from cancer? He should be left to rot in jail.
Now it is perfectly possible that there has been a grave miscarriage of justice, I gather he was convicted on pretty flimsy evidence, although I don’t have all the details. But the fact is that his name has not been cleared so he should serve his sentence in full. Would a mass-murdering Brit be allowed home on compassionate grounds? I doubt it.
So there is something else going on here in the background that we don’t know about, maybe it’s to do with Libya’s oil, who knows?