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Lockerbie bomber release questioned

August 16, 2010

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— The regrets of a cancer expert who assessed the only man ever convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie jetliner bombing have intensified the anger felt by victims’ relatives over Scotland’s decision to release the Libyan on compassionate grounds.

Professor Karol Sikora and other experts had said Abdel Baset al-Megrahi probably had only three months to live when he was freed from a Scottish jail last August and allowed to return home to Libya. But one year later, Al-Megrahi, who is being treated for prostate cancer, is still alive.

Sikora, one of three experts who assessed al-Megrahi’s health for Libyan authorities, was quoted by Britain’s Observer newspaper Sunday as saying he should have been more cautious about the chances of survival.

“If I could go back in time, I would have probably been more vague and tried to emphasize the statistical chances and not hard fact,” Sikora was quoted as saying.

Scottish authorities deny that the opinions of Sikora and the other experts who advised Libya entered into the decision to release al-Megrahi, though families contend that the advice must have played a role.

“It’s obvious the whole thing was flawed,” said Frank Duggan, president of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, an advocacy group that represents some of the families of those killed.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 7 months ago

What's not mentioned here is that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi may very well be innocent of being part of this attack. The theory is that he was offered up by Muammar al-Gaddafi as a convenient scapegoat that would end international sanctions against Libya, and his release last year had more to do with the possibility that he would be released on appeal of his conviction than because of his health problems. That would be a political nightmare for both the UK and the US, who don't want to reopen an investigation that would likely never find the real culprits, much less bring them to trial.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 7 months ago

Just what we'd expect from bozo's twisted logic-free mind.

The 9/11 terrorists just made a mistake, right? They really just meant to scare us with a close call on each tower and the Pentagon.. They were simply misunderstood, and since they died as innocent victims well we should pity them. The muslim temple should be built near ground zero in their honor. Right bozo?

This guy (Abdel Baset al-Megrahi) diserves cancer, and I would only say that about a very, very few people in our whole history. A painful, miserable death in prison would have been appropriate. (Hopefully he'll still get the painful miserable part.)

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