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Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi’s Life And Crimes In Pictures: Lockerbie, MacAskill And Lies

by | 21st, July 2010

ON August 20th, 2009, Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill approved the releases of Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber. This week, the issue of the mass murderer’s  release from jail is being debated by David Cameron and Barack Obam a. They will achieve nothing other than grandstanding.

Anorak told you what would happen .

And we told you again .

Yesterday, MacASkill was on a visit to HMP Shotts in Shotts, Lanarkshire. Prisoners may like to tell Mr MacAskill that they murdered 270 people and are feeling so ill they’d like to go home. Ask him. See what he says.

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Kenny MacAskill said back then:

“On the evening of 21 December 1988 a heinous crime was perpetrated. It claimed the lives of 270 innocent civilians. Four days before Christmas, men, women and children going about their daily lives were cruelly murdered.

“They included 11 from one small Scottish town. That town was Lockerbie a name that will forever be associated with the worst terrorist atrocity ever committed on UK soil.

“A prisoner transfer application has been submitted by the Government of Libya seeking the transfer of Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi.

“The man convicted of those offences in the Scottish courts. He has also now sought to be released on compassionate grounds due to his prostate cancer that is terminal.”

But not yet terminal. Mr Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi remains alive.

“…I now turn to the issue of compassionate release.

“Section three of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993 gives the Scottish Ministers the power to release prisoners on licence on compassionate grounds.

“The Act requires that ministers are satisfied that there are compassionate grounds justifying the release of a person serving a sentence of imprisonment.

“Although the Act does not specify what the grounds for compassionate release are, guidance from the Scottish Prison Service, who assess applications, suggests that it may be considered where a prisoner is suffering from a terminal illness and death is likely to occur soon.

“There are no fixed time limits but life expectancy of less than three months may be considered an appropriate period.

“The guidance makes it clear that all prisoners, irrespective of sentence length, are eligible to be considered for compassionate release. That guidance dates from 2005.

“On 24 July 2009 I received an application from Mr Al Megrahi for compassionate release. He was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in September 2008.

“I have been regularly updated as to the progression of his illness.

“I have received numerous comprehensive medical reports including the opinions of consultants who have been treating him.

“It is quite clear to the medical experts that he has a terminal illness, and indeed that there has recently been a significant deterioration in his health.

“In order to consider the application for compassionate release, I was provided with reports and recommendations by the Governor of

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