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August 20, 2009
Posted: 1434 GMT

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bryan marks   August 20th, 2009 3:11 pm ET

if you do the crime, do the time. we have shabier shake here in SOUTH AFRICA, got 15yrs for fraud, served 28 months then he is out because he has high blood pressure ( terminal ill ?) wow from bryan marks south africa

Yang Razlan   August 20th, 2009 3:54 pm ET

The Scottish Justice Minister have spelt out the reasons for the release, isnt it enough to justify the release.

vic benedicto   August 20th, 2009 4:09 pm ET

Maybe we should look deeper into the present situation in the Scottish courts. It's very hard to make a judgement from a distance. What more, with very insufficient info to make a well reasoned decision.

The Scottish courts are independent. We should respect them.

But if we don't like their decision, we can call in airstrikes/drones/bombs.

David Lorenz   August 20th, 2009 4:11 pm ET

He did not deserve to be freed. He was convicted by a court of law.
Why show him the compassion that he did not show to his victims?

Julie Carson   August 20th, 2009 4:14 pm ET

I am disgusted that he has been released. I don’t know who or where Kenny MacAskill has getting support for his decision from as everyone I have spoken to is ashamed and outraged. Where was his compassion when he murdered 270 people? Working that out he has served just about 2 weeks for each person; outrageous. It has made us look like a pathetically weak country. I am now ashamed that I voted in the SNP and never will again! I am always very proud to say I was Scottish, but not so much today!

Now we know where the phrase “Scot free” comes from!

It sends shivers down my spine that at this moment as I write this he is flying above me!

Julie
Glasgow, Scotland

radhika srinivasan   August 20th, 2009 4:15 pm ET

This is attrocious1 On the one hand you seek justice for 9/11 and on the other, free the man who has been convicted of the lockerbie massacre! I know justice isn't quite as perfect as one might want, but showing sympathy to a mass murderer? Surely one can see through the huge vested interests that seem to matter more than justice. Then why punish the terrorists in the first place? This is the biggest joke of war against terror!

Byron   August 20th, 2009 4:23 pm ET

It is shameful how Europe (and the U.S to an equal extent) are giving into the demands of regimes such as Libya, N.Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran. As a European citizen I am shocked and revolted at Libya's warm welcome for a terrorist, but what is more appalling is the fact that Scotland released him in the first place.

Cola-Man   August 20th, 2009 4:24 pm ET

I have only one Question in mind,"What if this Guy refuses to die after three months as the doctors prescribed"? Would he be taken back to Scotland to complete his jail time?

Gary-Texas   August 20th, 2009 4:39 pm ET

By letting al Megrahi out of jail is like slapping the face of each person on that flight and anyone who had family on that flight. As far as I'm concerned, the people involved in his release and that scumbag himself should all be put in front of a firing squad! Who is speaking for the 270 innocent people killed by this man, nobody? Texas has the highest execution of death row inmates and I think the whole world should follow out lead.

And for the 33% of you that said he should be let out of jail, we need your addresses so we can send these scumbags that you want to live on this earth to your house. As the U.S. Marines put it, It not our job to judge it's just out job to arrange the meeting!!

Ken   August 20th, 2009 5:10 pm ET

Some people have to die in jail. This person participated in the murder of a couple of hundred people. They did not get the comfort of their families before they died. Why should this person.

elmiro   August 20th, 2009 5:25 pm ET

he will die. what is the difference between dying at home or in prison?

Jim Ronald   August 20th, 2009 5:33 pm ET

As a scots man living just 20miles from lockerbie i am disgustied and ashamed of the british justice system. The lockerbie bomber showed no remorse and should not be showed any, I think i speak on behalf of most of Scotland this is a total injustice to every victim who lost there life

Robert Curtis   August 20th, 2009 6:27 pm ET

Compassion is a very good thing. Why have Americans become so vindictive and unforgiving? Is it because the media expects them to be so? Whatever happened to the basic teachings of love and forgivness?

Tina   August 20th, 2009 7:14 pm ET

Justice is not a revenge; All of us should pray for the victims of this henious crime but we should put ourselves above the brutality; this is the only way to prevail over it.

Mike Woollam, South Africa   August 20th, 2009 7:18 pm ET

I totally oppose the release of the Lockerbie bomber. It is one of the most disgusting decisions Ive ever heard. He showed no compassion to the 270 people he murdered and should have been left to die in jail. And to get a heroes welcome in Tripoli is appalling!

Tausif Bashir   August 20th, 2009 7:35 pm ET

I disagree….if he showed no mercy to his victims does not mean we do not show mercy to him…thats what has gotten the world into this kind off a state…revenge and hatred….if we all start doing wat these terrorists do….then wat separates us from terrorists??

charles   August 20th, 2009 7:43 pm ET

i salute macaskil for freeing him let him go and die in peace,i sympathise with the victims families but they are not comin back. america must realise she is not God to dictate to the countries of the world what is right and what is wrong. the brotherly leader must not place megrhai under any form of restriction or house arrest.

Gordon   August 20th, 2009 8:03 pm ET

Congratulations to Kenny MacAskill the Scottish Justice Minister for releasing an innocent man.

The Westminster and US Governments know it was Iran that did it as retaliation over the USA shooting down the Iranian Airbus. But they needed Iran on side when they took on Sadam in Kuwait.

Well done Kenny! The Westminster Government who refused to assist you wouldn't have had the nerve to do the right thing!

Angela   August 20th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

I believe the bomber should have served his time in Scotland.
However, I'm infuriated by the comments blaming President Obama for this decision. He is the president of the U.S. not Scotland. This is directed to the woman speaking is the Wolf Blitzer Show tonight. She the one that is naive to think the U.S. can govern the affairs of other countries.

Jorden de Bouve   August 21st, 2009 11:58 am ET

One the one had is a good thing the Scottish Courts released the man, because I do not think that he has anything to do with the crime itself. On the other hand they should have found another solution to this problem. This is a far too political solution. The real master-minds and terrorists will not be hunted down; we don't dare going after them (presumably) in Iran.

Noel   August 25th, 2009 6:47 am ET

Far too much histeria on this topic. The man was freed on compassionate grounds only. This shows that Western democracies are able to rise above the eye-for-an-eye mentality. Even though Maghrabi was convicted of terrorism, it seems that the evidence was somewhat flimsy. There now appears to be strong suggestions that this conviction is unsafe on the basis of new evidence that all governments involved appear to want to be suppressed. Hence the implicit deal (but strongly denied) linkage between the dropping of the latest appeal and being let out on compassionate grounds.

The objectors to this release would do well to remember the shooting down by the US Navy of Iran Air 655 in 1968 when all 290 passengers including 66 children were killed. Despite being equipped with all the latest technology the US Navy would have us believe that they could not tell the difference between an F-14 and an Airbus airliner. The crew of USS Vincennes responsible for this all ended up with commendations instead of ending up in jail where most people in the Middle East believed they should be. Whilst the reception of Maghrabi in Libia was entirely lamentable it should probably be viewed in the context of the lack of closure & justice of the Iran Air victim's families.

What is clear though is that we are still a long way from knowing all the facts of this situation so it would seem that given the element of doubt we should just let this man die quietly at home without further ado.

Dr. Mohamed S. Khorsheed   August 25th, 2009 1:19 pm ET

No one has the rights to kill innocent people in the name of any cause.
Some leaders of this world try to justify their position, not knowingly know that every holly book forbids killing innocent people.

Scott   August 25th, 2009 8:01 pm ET

I am Scottish and I'm afraid the simple problem is the SNP they have gotten too big for their tiny boots, they are complete idiots trying to flex their muscles, I have never voted for them and never will. They have embarrassed us across the world.

Graham   September 3rd, 2009 1:16 pm ET

Scott...68% of Scottish lawyers polled said that they agree KM's decision was absolutely correct under Scots Law. This law – The Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings Act 1993 (Scotland) – was laid down by a Conservative Administration. Its relevance to terminally ill prisoners was clarified in 2005, under a Labour administration.

It's not about politics, it's about due process of law. Not Libya's, not the USA's and not London's. Scotland's law. I also have never voted SNP and probably never will , but a lot of people need to grow up and get their facts straight.

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