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Megrahi to be freed

August 19, 2009

Here we go:

The Libyan convicted of killing 270 people in the Lockerbie bombing is expected to be freed from jail on compassionate grounds tomorrow because he is now thought to be close to death, with prostate cancer that is aggressive and advanced.

Aggressive and advanced indeed:

The Libyan official described al-Megrahi as a national hero and pointed out that the Libyan state has not stopped following his case or showing an interest in his health condition or being assured about what he called the good care accorded to his family during his absence. He said al-Megrahi has become a model for the Libyan citizen who sacrificed himself for his homeland and country and voluntarily accepted the sentence of the international court in The Hague that convicted him, contrary to the truth. He stressed that al-Megrahi is a fully qualified citizen, will have full citizenship rights, and will absolutely not be treated as a prisoner, adding that he would undergo complete medical examination due to his deteriorating physical and mental conditions.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. ibnkafka permalink
    August 20, 2009 23:15

    Not too keen on that: if indeed he’s guilty of the Lockerbie bombing, he should die in prison or on the gallows. I’m am more worried at the soundness of his conviction in the first place, what with the persisting rumors on Syrian involvement.

  2. August 21, 2009 01:19

    Agreed. Not quite as overheated as some here in the States though. Whole talk shows are devoted to repeating the words “mass murderer” and presenting the victims’ families or how this will affect Obama. No mention of the real politics at all.

  3. jay kactuz permalink
    August 25, 2009 04:41

    Kal… Not quite… Many of us see this as just another capitulation to Islam and its ideology.

    Worse then the release of this murderer is the fact that he was celebrated in Libya. That tells me, again, what they think of us (non-Muslims, Americans, Westerners, etc….)

    Kactuz

  4. August 26, 2009 17:31

    kactuz — If you think Col. Qadhafi is in any way, shape or form representative of Muslims in Libya or elsewhere, or of Islam as such, you need to spend less time on the Internet, more time in the library. Or in a Muslim country, that might be easier.

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