Poor old Megrahi, who for what it’s worth I doubt was “innocent”, albeit he was just part of a more complex picture, was convicted in a proper court, and that was never overturned, or seriously challenged. Nevertheless, our elected politicians, from devious chancers like Blair, Mandelson and Jack Straw, to sad dupes like Alex Salmond and Kenny MacAskill decided to shaft the Lockerbie victims, their families, and the nation, for their own ends.***
The egregious Salmond must be breathing a sigh of relief, now. Here’s what he said today:
“Our first thoughts are with the families of the Lockerbie atrocity, whose pain and suffering has been ongoing now for over 23 years.
“Today’s news was not unexpected – Mr Megrahi was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, which was the basis on which he was released. His death does, however, put to rest some of the conspiracy theories which have attempted to suggest that his illness was somehow manufactured – today’s news confirms what we have always said about his medical condition.
Really Eck, really?
“today’s news confirms what we have always said about his medical condition.” No, you actually said at the time that he’d peg it within 3 months. When your first thoughts were clearly not “with the families of the Lockerbie atrocity, whose pain and suffering has been ongoing now for over 23 years.”
What a disaster. Now that Labour has semi-divested itself of the whole Blair/Mandelson axis, the newish Labour Scottish leader, Johann Lamont, put it well:
“Megrahi was convicted by a Scots court, under Scots law, of the greatest act of mass murder in Scottish history.
“Three years ago the Scottish government chose to release him on the pretext he had just three months to live. That was an insult to the victims.
“At this moment let me, on behalf of the people of Scotland, apologise to the families of all the victims of the Lockerbie bombing, for his early release.”
***This article is a superb summary of the case