Whether a coincidence or not, at the start of Alex Salmond’s five-day visit to the United States, the Scottish National Party has suddenly launched a peace offensive after a bruising referendum campaign that has raised fears that society will be polarised for years to come. Party sources have told a Scottish newspaper that they intend [...]
The release of the Lockerbie bomber was linked by the British government to a $610 million arms-export deal to Libya, according to secret correspondence obtained by the Sunday Telegraph. An email sent by the British ambassador in Tripoli...Show More Summary
Well it looks like it might not have been some kind of under-the-table commercial oil deal that caused the folks in Scotland to suddenly become “kinder, gentler” jailers and opt to release the Pan Am 270 bomber, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, after all. Recent news report indicate multiple deals may have been involved – including one for [...]
An email has emerged suggesting a connection between the prisoner transfer deal negotiated between Libya and the last Labour government, which ultimately paved the way for the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, and a £400m arms deal. Show More Summary
Prison compassion – justice or folly?
The death of Mr. Megrahi, who insisted that he was not guilty, foreclosed a fuller accounting of his role, and perhaps that of the Libyan government under Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, in the midair explosion of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed...Show More Summary
The only man convicted in the 1988 bombing on Pan Am Flight 103 has been buried with little fanfare near the Libyan capital with just under 100 family members and passers-by in attendance. Today's quiet funeral in Tripoli stands in stark contrast to the hero's welcome Abdelbaset al-Megrahi received almost...
The only man convicted for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing was buried Monday with little fanfare near the Libyan capital with just under 100 family members and passers-by in attendance.
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, has finally died in Libya. We were told he was going to live six months after his release. He lived almost three years. Someone who sets off a bomb causing death should never, ever get out of prison. Al-Megrahi killed 270 people. Ed Morrissey says: In the end, Megrahi [...]
I have written before about how people in public roles who seem perfectly human and reasonable can behave psychopathically in the right social and cultural context, and when the moment demands it. I would like to revisit this idea in the light of the death of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber. Coverage of his release, [...]
Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person ever convicted for the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing, died of prostate cancer on Sunday, three years after Scottish authorities released him on "compassionate" grounds because doctors said he had just three months to live. Show More Summary
Lockerbie Bomber: The only person convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, has died at 60, The New York Times reports. Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi had been living in Libya since 2009, when Scotlan...
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Obviously while sick, he wasn't quite as sick as everyone was led to believe when he was released in 2009 by the British government. Whether the release was a deal related to oil drilling rights for British companies or the sometimes debated issue of innocence is not yet clear. Show More Summary
NEW YORK -- The death of the only man convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing has left some victims' relatives relieved and others raising questions about his guilt and whether others went unpunished. Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence official died Sunday of c …
The only person convicted in the case of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing above Scotland that killed 270 people has died aged 60 at his home in Libya, the BBC reported.
Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, a Libyan secret service officer who was convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people, died on Sunday, according to the Washington Post. In 2009, al-Megrahi's...Show More Summary
The White House said Sunday that the death of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi closed "an unfortunate chapter" that opened when Scotland freed the former Libyan intelligence officer on humanitarian grounds in 2009. Show More Summary
The little taxi bumped around the backstreets of Tripoli all morning. First we were sent one way and then the other. A cousin had a friend who lived in the right neighbourhood. But he sent us back to another taxi rank to ask directions. I was giving up hope of ever finding the Megrahi family [...]
Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence officer and the only person ever convicted in the 2001 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, died today in his home in Tripoli. He succumbed to the prostate cancer that led Scottish authorities to release him on humanitarian grounds back ... More »