Huge crowds in Libya have welcomed Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bombing convict freed from a Scottish prison. The US, whose nationals accounted for the majority of the 270 that perished in the bombing, has called the decision to free al-Megrahi a “mistake”.
Al Megrahi is the only man to be convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, which blew up blew up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. He is now dying of cancer, but for many of his victims’ families, his release on compassionate grounds is a travesty of justice.
The Scottish High Court is deliberating whether to grant Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, a Libyan man jailed for the 1998 airline bombing over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, an early release on compassionate grounds or transfer him to a Libyan prison.
The Libyan government has appealed to the Court to consider the two options as al-Megrahi is suffering from advanced prostate cancer.