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Megrahi's release: what do you think?

MegrahiFollowing the release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi who was imprisoned having been found guilty of being part of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing, there has been a highly-charged and polarised reaction within Scotland and from around the world.

The Scottish Parliament has been recalled early from its summer recess to discuss the issue and It is possible that the Scottish Justice Secretary could lose his job over it.

This article is merely a vehicle to carry (a) news links and (b) opinions on the case. I'm sure that there will be many (within Scotland and elsewhere in the world) who will be keen to hear what others are feeling and thinking

Christians Together, 23/08/2009

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a h 26/08/2009 09:41
A lot of good points raised. Colin McPhail pointed out, " if Megrahi had died in a Scottish jail there would have been an extended, very non-Islamic process including post-mortem. A post-mortem, particularly if involving non-Muslims would almost inevitably have created a big and nasty backlash from Muslim countries and fundamentalist terrorists."

I agree and sending home a body in a coffin could have brought about violence throughout the Arab nations. They'd probably start firing rockets at Israel. That's the usual response. But I imagine Scotland would have become a target again.

The way Mr McAskill handled this was impressive I think and what has been lost, as far as justice for the crime is concerned, is minimal.

The only winners in all of this are the SNP and the family of Megrahi. Politicians who are 'up in arms' about this are hypocrites.
John Parker (Guest) 26/08/2009 11:28
The cries of outrage seem to carry undertones of and be motivated by revenge rather than justice; and come as being devoid of mercy.

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Micah 7v8
Peter Carr (Guest) 26/08/2009 14:19
OK John, and what of those who have to live for the rest of their lives without innocent loved ones? Aren't justice and mercy meant to compliment each other? It seems a little one sided in this case.

Hopefully one major thing that will come out of this whole sad affair will be the potential to take such decisions out of the hands of politicians and their propaganda machines!
John Parker (Guest) 26/08/2009 15:47
Peter, you said: "It seems a little one sided in this case."

Does it? And on which side?
Peter Carr (Guest) 26/08/2009 16:34
Well, without stating the obvious, but sadly you have forced my hand, 270 versus 1, and that is without factoring in all of those affected around the 270!
John Parker (Guest) 26/08/2009 18:58
To quote the Telegraph report -

Unlike many of the American families of victims on the flight from London to New York — and, indeed, President Barack Obama — Swire was vocal in applauding the release of the only man convicted of the outrage, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, who is terminally ill.
“I am a Christian, so I would hope that, even if I was convinced that Megrahi was guilty, my Christian compassion and forgiveness would extend to wanting to see him die with his family around him in Libya,” he says. “But I am convinced Megrahi is innocent.”
Peter Carr (Guest) 26/08/2009 19:19

One swallow does not make a summer!
Alec (Guest) 26/08/2009 20:00
Jim Swire stands head and shoulders , gracious and quiet above the baying mob that seems to be screaming its head off in America. I note also, that that other very fine highland gentleman, John Farquhar Munro has voiced his support as have the main churches.

American "justice" seems to be all about revenge, killing and retribution, like they were still living in OT times. This is the country, suipposedly "civilised" and "developed" that stands up there, 5th on the list behind China, Iran, Saufi Arabia and North Korea in the death penalty league!!! It beggars belief that these people should try to lecture us on anything

Look at the wikipedia map here:

And you'll see a graphic depiction of it all.

Hopefully Obama might manage to do something about it, but it is obvious from his recent statements on the whole affair that he is having to play to a domestic audience - it would , after all be political suicide for him to say "MacAskill was right"
Peter Carr (Guest) 26/08/2009 20:51
I am still not convinced that the course of action taken by the Justice Minister is the right one, and it will take more than Mr Swire to convince me that what now seems to be ill-conceived for a variety of reasons, was in the best interest of all parties.
Brian Ross 30/08/2009 13:57
I refer any interested person to my blog ( and to the post that I published last Sunday (Aug 23rd), in order to check out my own 'take' on the situation.
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