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    US and UK split over prospect of Lockerbie release

    American relatives of victims of the Lockerbie bombing reacted with fury today to reports that the Libyan man convicted of the atrocity may soon be freed on compassionate grounds.

    In stark contrast, however, their British counterparts many of whom have always doubted the guilt of Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi backed his release.

    Pan Am Flight 103 from Heathrow to New York's JFK was brought down over the Scottish village of Lockerbie on December 21, 1988, killing all 259 people aboard and 11 more on the ground below.

    It remains the UK's worst terrorist attack but nobody was brought to justice for it until 2000, when al-Megrahi, an intelligence officer and head of security for Libyan Arab Airlines, was found guilty by a Scottish court sitting in the Netherlands. He was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 27 years for the murder of those who died.
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    Compassionate release my ass.
    Let him die in jail.


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    Re: US and UK split over prospect of Lockerbie release

    The fact is Mr. Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi was convicted. If the British authorities believe he was wrongfully convicted, there are legal remedies to address that issue. Barring the introduction of credible and sufficient evidence that he was innocent, I believe he should serve the maximum sentence (life).

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    Re: US and UK split over prospect of Lockerbie release

    Typical bleeding heart liberal european assholes. That man killed my friends, and he can't even serve the minimum of 27 years before those despicable european douchebags want to set him free?

    The United States should exit NATO immediately and withdraw ALL troops from Europe.

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    Re: US and UK split over prospect of Lockerbie release

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    The fact is Mr. Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi was convicted. If the British authorities believe he was wrongfully convicted, there are legal remedies to address that issue.
    The guy could be dead before his appeal is concluded, some people are putting his life expectancy at weeks, as opposed to months, let alone years.

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    Barring the introduction of credible and sufficient evidence that he was innocent, I believe he should serve the maximum sentence (life).


    I am still waiting to see the "credible" and "sufficient" evidence that he is guilty as charged.

    Was Megrahi a Libyan spy? Almost certainly.
    Was Megrahi responsible for the Lockerbie bombing? Answers on a postcard...
    Is there reasonable doubt about his responsibility? "Reasonable" is putting it mildly!
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    Re: US and UK split over prospect of Lockerbie release

    The man currently stand guilty of the murder of 270 people acording to the Scottish Justice system.

    He must die in prison for his crime or be freed on appeal - tough luck if he dies before his appeal. He has been found guilty - and you can't pick and choose with the law.
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    Re: US and UK split over prospect of Lockerbie release

    Quote Originally Posted by lunecat View Post
    He has been found guilty - and you can't pick and choose with the law.
    It seems you can when you want a politically convenient conviction!
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    Re: US and UK split over prospect of Lockerbie release

    Quote Originally Posted by Slainte View Post
    I am still waiting to see the "credible" and "sufficient" evidence that he is guilty as charged.
    His conviction was the proof. The jury heard the evidence, made their decision.

    You just want to second guess the jury because you feel sorry for a terrorist? Don't like seeing poor little criminals in jail? Sympathize with the terrorist's cause? What's your problem?

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    Re: US and UK split over prospect of Lockerbie release

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    Good lord, I cannot believe that they would even consider this. The world's logic truly has turned on its head and we live in an Alice and Wonderland state where right is wrong, wrong is right, up is down, down is up.


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    Re: US and UK split over prospect of Lockerbie release

    There are some people who I have decided are simply not worth responding too. For the sake of clarity however, I feel obliged to point out that Megrahi was tried by three judges in Holland under "Scottish laws"(and I use that term loosely!), he has never been tried by a Jury.
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    Re: US and UK split over prospect of Lockerbie release

    Quote Originally Posted by Truth Detector View Post
    Good lord, I cannot believe that they would even consider this. The world's logic truly has turned on its head and we live in an Alice and Wonderland state where right is wrong, wrong is right, up is down, down is up.

    Yeah, last time I checked "life in prison" meant "yo ass is gonna die in jail".

    So the guy's dying, what's the problem?

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