By lex, on August 20th, 2009
Scotland is set to release Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the terminally ill former Libyan intelligence agent who was the only person convicted in the terrorist plot to blow up a Pan Am jetliner over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988:
Speaking at the Scottish government’s ministerial headquarters in Edinburgh, Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said that humanity was a defining characteristic of the Scottish people, and that “our belief dictates that justice be served but mercy be shown.”
He said that Megrahi should “be released on compassionate grounds and allowed to return to Libya to die.”
In defending his decision, MacAskill said that the former agent “did not show his victims any comfort or compassion. They were not allowed to return to the bosom of their families to see out their lives, let alone their dying days. No compassion was shown by him to them. But that alone is not a reason for us to deny compassion to him and his family in his final days.”
Eight years of a 27-year sentence. Two-hundred and seventy dead innocents, 189 of them American citizens.
Indiscriminate slaughter, an absolute absence of remorse and a compassionate discharge.
In possibly unrelated news, British exports to Libya last year were up 66% over the year prior.
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