The only man ever convicted for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing has been granted compassionate release from his prison in Scotland. The man judged in the Netherlands in 2002 now has terminal prostate cancer and so will be allowed to go home to libya to die.
Scotland’s Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill explained his decision: “Mr (Abdel Basset) al-Megrahi did not show his victims any comfort or compassion. They were not allowed to return to the bosom of their families to see out their lives, let alone their dying days. No compassion was shown by him to them. But that alone is not a reason for us to deny compassion to him and his family in his final days.” A terrorist bomb on board Pan Am flight 103 brought the airliner down on the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing 270 people.