FBI director Robert Mueller has launched a scathing attack on Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill over the release of the Lockerbie bomber. In a letter, dated 21 August, Mr Mueller said the decision makes “a mockery of justice” and gives comfort to terrorists around the world…
The Scottish Government said it had consulted widely in the US and UK and had made the right decision.
Mr Mueller was previously a Justice Department lawyer leading the investigation into the 1988 bombing. The director’s letter is also being sent to families of the Lockerbie victims.
Mr Mueller wrote: “Your action in releasing Megrahi is as inexplicable as it is detrimental to the cause of justice. Indeed your action makes a mockery of the rule of law.
“Your action gives comfort to terrorists around the world who now believe that regardless of the quality of the investigation, the conviction by jury after the defendant is given all due process, and sentence appropriate to the crime, the terrorist will be freed by one man’s exercise of ‘compassion’.”…
A Scottish Government spokesman said the minister had made the right decision for the “right reasons” on the basis of due process, clear evidence, and recommendations from the parole board and prison governor.
He said: “Compassionate release is not part of the US justice system but it is part of Scotland’s.”
- BBC News
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