The convicted Lockerbie bomber has been flown home to Libya after being freed from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds.
Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, 57, was jailed in 2001 for the atrocity which claimed 270 lives in 1988. The decision to release Megrahi, who has terminal prostate cancer, was made by the Scottish Government.
US president Barack Obama said the decision was “a mistake” and some US victims’ families reacted angrily. Some 189 Americans were among those who died in the explosion…
The government said it had consulted widely before Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill made his decision on applications for Megrahi’s compassionate release or his transfer to a Libyan jail. He told a media conference on Thursday that he had rejected the application for a prisoner transfer. However, after taking medical advice it was expected that three months was a “reasonable estimate” of the time Megrahi had left to live.
He ruled out the option of the Libyan being allowed to live in Scotland on security grounds.
- BBC News