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Friday 26 August 2011

Compassion in Scottish justice

Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of involvement in the Lockerbie bombing, was released by the Scottish Justice Minister, Kenny Macaskill two years ago on compassionate grounds.
The Libyan had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and had three months to live according to medical reports. Asked this week if he felt he'd made the wrong decision, MacAskill insisted that it was the right decision and followed a long Scottish tradition of showing compassion. The decision was taken along compassionate grounds and only compassionate grounds he maintained to make clear that British Prime Minister Brown had nothing to do with the process. Nor did Peter Mandelson, close friend of one of Gadaffi's sons or BP, the oil giant who were pushing for greater access to Libyan oil.

If compassion was the major factor in Ali al-Megrahi's release what long tradition of compassion do the Scots have for the HUNDREDS of victims and their families? Surely they were more important. MacAskill you were dreadfully wrong and deserve to be pilloried for the baseness of your judgement. You are a disgrace.
It's time British justice was aimed at giving succour to victims not the perpetrators of crimes.

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