“Justice” for Lockerbie
Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Libyan agent convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, has returned home. Megrahi had only spent a total of 11.6 days in prison for each of the 270 innocents killed from his bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
Having faced difficulty in proving a miscarriage of justice over the years in the handling of the trial, Megrahi dropped his appeal and took the offer of Scottish “Justice” Secretary kenny MacAskill for release on “compassionate grounds”.
Yes, al-Megrahi is terminally ill but does that mean a convicted man should be freed to his country to have a good few months of meals at home? How many children, fathers, and wives on Flight 103 did not get to wish a final goodbye and take joy in being with their family one last time?
Some see geopolitical concerns driving the release as Libya has now opened up its oil reserves for U.K. exploration, and rumors have risen suggesting arms and energy deals were in the details.
Yet, MacAskill asserts that he prudently and autonomously acted in his decision while still maintaining the undeniable guilt of al-Megrahi: “the outrage cannot and should not be a basis of who we are, the values we seek to uphold, and the faith and beliefs that we seek to live by.”
The “take-home” from MacAskill’s cretinous message of abstract asides is clear – the value, faith, and belief society placed on true justice have been overtaken by a “compassion”, which MacAskill purports, reserves justice only for “a sentence imposed by a higher power.”
I’m the sure terrorists understand, Mr. MacAskill, and shutter in fear…
Addendum: due to all the public backlash and criticism, the Scottish Parliament will question MacAskill on Monday to explain his reasoning for releasing al-Megrahi. Of note, seriously ill U.K. prisoners have often been overlooked for release in light of their crimes – an example would be an infamous child murderer, Myra Hindley, who sought release.
And those under-the-table trade and arms deals…well, the U.K. government still denies any such transaction; yet now, Moammar Gadhafi’s son, Saif, has said in an interview that al-Megrahi’s release came about specifically from trade options with Libya, which is now offering oil exploration to the British.