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The Libya hypocrisy

August 22nd, 2009 · 8 Comments · Politics

A dying man, who is probably innocent, is released from prison to spend his last weeks with his family. The civilised world cries foul.

In 2001 Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi was convicted of 270 counts of murder, following the 1988 bombing of a PanAm flight over Lockerbie in Scotland.

With three months to live, the Scottish Minister of Justice has released him on compassionate grounds, but the rest of the West is not happy.

Jim Swire’s daughter Flora was killed in the bombing. He represents all of the British victims of the attack. Swire has been fighting tirelessly to get Al-Megrahi released – because he is convinced a massive miscarriage of justice has been carried out. Swire believes the real killers are still at large, and Al-Megrahi is a scapegoat.

Still, Barack Obama and UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband are calling his release a mistake and lecturing the Libyan people about appropriate behaviour. That came after fellow prisoners in the Scottish jail shouted abuse at Al-Megrahi and held up placards reading “good riddance Gadaffi”. Meanwhile, Miliband was busy telling-off the uncivilised Libyans for celebrating the release of a man widely thought to be innocent.

But we will never know if Al-Megrahi really was responsible.

The Libyan was appealing against his conviction – legal experts claimed he had a good chance of success. Much of the evidence presented in the original trial has now been discredited. But he had to drop his appeal to be released on compassionate grounds.

Abdelbaset will die a convicted terrorist. And the victims will never see justice. I guess that suits some.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cheb // Aug 22, 2009 at 2.25 pm

    interesting article you should read;

    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-for-the-truth-look-to-tehran-and-damascus-ndash-not-tripoli-1775813.html

  • 2 Lisa // Aug 23, 2009 at 5.09 am

    Even though he is dying,he should not be trusted and he should still be monitored.

  • 3 Solomon2 // Aug 23, 2009 at 5.06 pm

    An interesting post, considering the leading alternate theory of the bombing blames Syria.

    Al-Megrahi complained after he arrived in Tripoli that he could never escape this conviction save by death, yet it was he who chose to abandon a legal process his lawyers deemed promising. If Al-Megrahi isn’t guilty of the crime, he now appears to be covering up for those that did.

  • 4 jay // Aug 23, 2009 at 7.56 pm

    you know ,..i never cared for politics, i heat politics ,..whats his name killed 270 Innocent people (not solder) Innocent people ,and he was released ,……on top off that, Libya was celebrationg his release, the son of gadaffe…. was at the airport to Greate him…..
    its like ,..WEAK UP ASSHOLE, whats wrong with us ,why are we so fucking stupid,A- ????. you know as Arab American ,…browed Arab American ,I’m a shamed ,..shamed to be Arabic,we still having problem her in the USA after 9/11,and we can’t even geta a fucking jobs any more, look assholes , …the masecars of the Arab people in Palestine &Lebanon, was done by the army ,solders USA & Israel (ARMY & SOLDER,… NOT THE PEPOLE)………ARE WE TO FUCKING STUPID TO REALIZE THAT,????????you keep missing the target,and we are paying the price ,FUCK OFF MAN

  • 5 Anas Qtiesh // Aug 24, 2009 at 11.08 pm

    Cheb,
    Fisk? really?

    Lisa,
    He should monitored for what purpose exactly? the guy has terminal cancer, he’d be lucky to be able to get out of bed without a handful of pain-killers!

    Solomon2
    a fan of conspiracy theories eh? even if it were promising, the guy was bound to die before it ever reached an ending, pleading guilty was his only hope of going home to die. (and yes that means a lot, even if you were innocent. If he’s covering up he would’ve pleaded guilty years ago)

    jay
    Arab American, I suggest you work on speaking (and write) the language correctly to get a job.
    Are you really blaming not being able to get a job in a falling economy while not even having language skills for the most basic job on a guy who was accused of bombing an airplane maybe a couple of decades ago? allow me to quote your words “FUCK OFF MAN”

    Sasa,
    This was the worst group of misguided commentators (I’m trying not to use the word stupid) on your blog if I’ve seen one!

  • 6 Sasa // Aug 24, 2009 at 11.13 pm

    Boom boom pow. Anas says it all. Seriously brilliant stuff!

  • 7 jay // Aug 25, 2009 at 6.23 am

    Boom boom pow,…. thats brilliant.
    i do suck on language skills , sorry….u did response.
    i use to work @ ABB power plan ,(GT turbines) I MAKE THEM,.. making 45$ hur,after 9/11, I’m only making 24$hour,thats what i meant…..the JEW, r killing use, packed by the us , not because thy r powerful,or smart, thy spend 5 hours a day reading ,we spend 3/4 hours a day prying to god.
    (may god kill the infidels) LOL
    or, Boom boom pow .

    we should do the same ,……..read something …a books ,or just a match box ,for crying out fucking lowed…… or just fuck off man.

    whats his name should die, osama should die,Mubarak (la vache quirit) should die, ..and now Libya!!!!!! how stupid r we??
    the only Arab in our sad Arab world is HEZBOLLAH, and no one else , not u guys, and not even me.

  • 8 Solomon2 // Aug 25, 2009 at 4.16 pm

    “If he’s covering up he would’ve pleaded guilty years ago)”

    Didn’t think of that. Yeah, you’re probably right.

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