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Scotland releases Lockerbie bomber on terms of *compassion*

GREENOCK, Scotland (CNN) -- The man convicted of murdering 270 people by blowing Pan Am flight 103 out of the sky above the Scottish town of Lockerbie two decades ago was on his way home to Libya on Thursday after authorities set him free.

Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, 57, is suffering terminal prostate cancer and has three months to live. Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill ordered al Megrahi's release on compassionate grounds, saying he will be "going home to die."


So they finally get this pathetic excuse for a human being to trial, and he serves all of eight years for the murder of 270 people. As HotAir points out, that's less than 12 days behind bars per victim.
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"Mr. Mohmed, you may fly home. The families of the victims have made all of the arrangements. By the way, you'll be the only one on the plane and it will be flown by remote control."

Bon Voyage!
phillygal
(Anonymous)
I'm a little confused. When I read that someone is 'going home to die' because he is suffering from terminal cancer, I expect to see pictures of the guy being wheeled to the airplane in a wheelchair, or having some kind of physical assistance because he is just soooo sick that he is allowed to be out of prison for murdering hundreds of people. Wow. I guess he's not quite bedriiden yet. Terminal cancer can take months or years, but nomatter what, I can't help but feel like this terrorist got the last laugh.
Re: phillygal
Very good point. I think I read somewhere that he was given 3 months, but now that he's returning home as a natl hero (*puke*) it would be kind of disgusting if they were able to cure him or something. And I feel weird saying that because normally, curing cancer = yay! But in this case I'm just disgusted by the Scottish govt and their misguided notion of 'compassion'.
(Anonymous)
It is worth pointing out that he has maintained that he is innocent, one of the UN observers at the trial, Dr Hans Köchl, called it a "spectacular miscarriage of justice." Sir Thomas Dalyell who was a Scottish member of parliament for 43 years and father of the house has called it a catastrophic miscarriage of justice and calls Megrahi a scapegoat. Many Scottish legal experts believe he is innocent and reputable newspapers from around the world have written stories questioning the evidence and verdict.

It seems there is a fairly large chance this guy is innocent, and since he only has 12 weeks to live, why not let him out now. If we later discover he is innocent and spent years in prison for no reason, at the very least we let him die with his family. And if it turns out he is guilty, why not show him the compassion he didn’t show his victims? We should strive to be better than terrorists, not equals. The end result of “an eye for an eye” is just a whole lot of blind people.
If there is a serious question of his guilt/innocence (and I hardly find some UN dunce especially compelling) then there should be a retrial based on the merits of the case, not an attitude of 'oh well, he's gonna die, guess we should just let him go'. You know all the people all over the world in jail? They're all going to die. Amazing.

why not show him the compassion he didn’t show his victims? We should strive to be better than terrorists, not equals. The end result of “an eye for an eye” is just a whole lot of blind people.

Typical liberal response. Go talk to the families of the dead and talk to them about the compassion they should have for this man.