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Old 03-05-2010, 12:55 AM   #76
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Old 03-05-2010, 01:19 PM   #77
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You champion the oddest causes.
Yes, not putting people to death as a barbaric act of misguided revenge is a truly odd cause.
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:37 AM   #78
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Scottish government stands by advice to free Megrahi

Page last updated at 10:26 GMT, Sunday, 4 July 2010 11:26 UK

The Scottish government is standing by the medical advice on which it released the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing.

It follows claims one cancer expert who gave Abdelbaset al-Megrahi a three-month prognosis last year has said he could survive for 10 years or more.

However, other newspaper reports said he was expected to die within weeks.

The Scottish government said Megrahi, who has prostate cancer, was freed on the basis of medical recommendations.

Megrahi was jailed in 2001 for the atrocity which claimed 270 lives in 1988.

He returned home to Libya after being released from prison last August.

Professor Karol Sikora had assessed Megrahi for the Libyan authorities and estimated he had three months to live.

But according to the Sunday Times, he has now said there was always a chance he could live for 10 or 20 years but that would be "very unusua

The newspaper reported Professor Sikora, dean of medicine at Buckingham University, had denied he came under any pressure from the Libyan authorities.

A spokesman for the Scottish government said: "Mr al-Megrahi has terminal prostate cancer.

"He was released on compassionate grounds and allowed home to die based on the medical report of the Scottish Prison Service Director of Health and the recommendations of the Parole Board and Prison Governor, all of which has been published by the Scottish government."
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:51 AM   #79
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CNN) -- A group of U.S. lawmakers have called for an investigation into whether BP may have played a role in lobbying for the release of Abdel Basset al Megrahi to secure an oil contract with the Libyan government.

Megrahi, now 58, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 which killed 270 people, including 189 Americans.

He was released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds in August after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

"Reports have surfaced indicating that a 2007 oil agreement may have influenced the U.K. and Scottish governments' positions concerning Mr. Megrahi's release in 2009," wrote Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey in a letter to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Monday.

"The families of the victims of Pan Am flight 103 deserve to know whether justice took a back seat to commercial interests in this case," Lauternberg said.

Mark Salt, a spokesman for BP in Houston, Texas, declined to discuss the Senators' probe.

"We're not going to comment on speculation," he said.

BP, which plans to begin offshore drilling in Libya in the coming months, touted the 2007 oil agreement as "the single biggest exploration financial commitment an international energy company has ever made to Libya," according to the company's website.

The troubled oil giant stands to earn as much as $20 billion from the deal, according to Lautenberg.

Megrahi, who only served eight years of his life sentence for the bombing, was released by a Scottish court on "compassionate" grounds, citing a doctor's opinion at the time that he was dying from prostate cancer and only had three months to live.

In a letter to the British government last week, Lauternberg was joined by Democratic Senators Kristen Gillibrand and Charles Schumer of New York, and Bob Menendez of New Jersey in calling the validity of such a prognosis into question.

"Mr. Al Megrahi is still alive and reportedly living in luxury," the letter said. "The doctor responsible for the key medical opinion has told the media that not only could Mr. Al Megrahi live another 10 years, but that the Libyan government had commissioned the doctor to make his assessment."

In response, the British Embassy in Washington posted a letter on its website from the British ambassador to Gillibrand on defending Megrahi's release.

"The decision to grant Mr. Megrahi's compassionate release was made on the basis of advice from the Director of Health at the Scottish Prison Service, who drew on the advice of a number of medical experts," the ambassador said.

Brian Flynn, who lost his brother in the attack and fought vigorously to deny Megrahi's freedom, said he isn't surprised that Megrahi is still alive and believes BP was directly responsible for his release.

"You can't allow the process of justice to be corrupted by the cynical mercantilism of one company," Flynn said.
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"The families of the victims of Pan Am flight 103 deserve to know whether justice took a back seat to commercial interests in this case," Lauternberg said.


The whole affair has sounded fishy to me from day one.
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The Flight 103 bombing was fishy from day one.

Whether Megrahi was even involved is not something I would stake money on.
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Now the story is Obama supported Megrahi's release.



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Correspondence obtained by The Sunday Times reveals the Obama administration considered compassionate release more palatable than locking up Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in a Libyan prison.
The intervention, which has angered US relatives of those who died in the attack, was made by Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US embassy in London, a week before Megrahi was freed in August last year on grounds that he had terminal cancer.
The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, threatens to undermine US President Barack Obama's claim last week that all Americans were "surprised, disappointed and angry" to learn of Megrahi's release.

White House backed release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi | The Australian
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If President Obama wanted another nice little bump in the polls might I suggest a
"compassionate" smartbomb squarely on this cat's house. An "accident" of course.
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If President Obama wanted another nice little bump in the polls might I suggest a
"compassionate" smartbomb squarely on this cat's house. An "accident" of course.
Heh. I forgot that guy was back in Libya. I wonder where he's ended up in all of this.
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BBC News - Hague 'outrage' at Lockerbie bomber's TV appearance

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Foreign Secretary William Hague has said a TV appearance by the Lockerbie bomber will intensify the "anger and outrage" at his release from jail.

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was at a rally broadcast by Libyan state television.

Mr Hague said it was "a further reminder that a great mistake was made" when he was freed by the Scottish government nearly two years ago.

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Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray said: "The sight of Megrahi, the single man convicted of the worst terrorist atrocity ever committed on Scottish soil, acting as a cheerleader for a dictator indicted for war crimes has turned the stomach of our nation and continues to be a massive embarrassment for the SNP government."

He added: "At the time I said the decision was wrong and events since have vindicated just how wrong that decision was."
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Still alive. Wow it's a miracle.
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World News - Lockerbie bomber al-Megrahi dies in Libya after long battle with cancer

A little less evil lives in the world today.
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RIP?

On second thought....
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