william blum: pan am 103 verdict: justice or politics?*
from washington post: The Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing was released on compassionate grounds by Scottish authorities on Thursday, allowing him to return to Tripoli to die with his family. Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence agent who is terminally ill, was convicted in 2001 for his role in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. The plane exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing 270 people, 189 of them American. 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."