Scotland Will Release Lockerbie Bomber

The Scottish government says it will release Abdel Baset al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds to allow him to return to Libya to die.

Justice secretary Kenny MacAskill said Thursday that there had been a significant deterioration in the health of al-Megrahi, who is suffering from terminal prostate cancer.

MacAskill says he is conscious that there "were deeply held feelings and that many may disagree."

Al-Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of taking part in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on Dec. 21, 1988. He was sentenced to life in prison.

The airliner -- which was carrying mostly American passengers to New York -- blew up as it flew over Scotland. All 259 people aboard and 11 on the ground died when the aircraft crashed into the town of Lockerbie.


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  • by unk on Aug 20, 2009 at 11:42 AM
    Scotland sucks!
  • by anon Location: wallace on Aug 20, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    no one on the plane that he blew up had a chance to say their good-byes or go back home and enjoy their last days. he might live longer than three months. what if he lives 2 or 3 years from now? sorry scumbag!!
  • by Jim Location: enc on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:57 AM
    I wonder how many people he will kill between now and when he dies. Their blood will be on the hands of the idiots who let him go. Where was the compasion for the people on that plane? I guess LIBERALS abound everywhere in this world. God help us all.
  • by Wilma on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:36 AM
    Since when should there be compassion for someone who so mercilessly took the lives of hundreds of people?? Did he have compassion at the time he destroyed all of these lives? I just can't believe it. We keep feeling bad for the terrorists and thugs and reward them with light sentences, quality living in prison, and second, third, fourth, fifth, and six chances. My only saving grace here is that now I realize it's not just this country that has lost its marbles when it comes to controlling thugs and violence........it's everywhere.
  • by Ellen on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:10 AM
    He received a life sentence for his actions, he should remain in prison. He did not show any compasion to those on Pan Am Fight 103.
  • by Dave Location: Washington on Aug 20, 2009 at 06:07 AM
    How about all the people on the plane that never got to return home? I think this piece of garbage should die alone in solitary confinement!
  • by Richard Location: Edenton on Aug 20, 2009 at 05:47 AM
    Now this terroist is likely to carry out a suicide bombing. What an injustice.
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