Six Months Later, Pan Am Bomber is Still Alive – NBC New York

The terrorist who helped bomb Pan Am flight 103 is still alive – and free – in Libya nearly six months after Scotland released the mass murderer from prison on “compassionate” grounds.

Scottish officials had said Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi would die within three months from prostate cancer when they announced they would set him free. But nearly six months later, al-Megrahi is still calling in about twice a month from Libya to authorities in Scotland as part of the terms of his release.

“It has almost become comical,” said Bert Ammerman who lost his brother in the bombing. “I have to laugh that he has to phone in that he is following his probation terms. This is a complete insult. Shame on Scotland. Shame on the White House.”

Convicted terrorist Megrahi was set free back on August 21. He had been sentence to life in prison after being convicted in 2001. When he landed home in Libya, he was greeted by cheering crowds at the Tripoli airport, some waving Libyan and Scottish flags.

Some members of the Scottish Parliament have called on Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to better explain why a second medical opinion was not sought before deciding to release the terrorist. MacAskill has responded saying the medical report stating Megrahi was dying of terminal cancer is accurate.

He has claimed the three month window was just an approximation. MacAskill charged critics are “circling like vultures” wondering when Megrahi might die. “He is going to die. That is why he was released,” MacAskill said to Scottish Parliament back in January.

Pan Am Flight 103 was en route from London to New york when a bomb exploded in the cargo hold of the mighty jetliner. 270 people were killed including 259 passengers and crew, and 11 people on the ground in the village of Lockerbie. Megrahi was convicted of helping hide the bomb in a cassette recorder in a suitcase.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had said U.S. officials voiced their objections in advance about Scottish authorities plans to release the terrorist. “It is obviously wrong to release someone who has been in prison based on the evidence about his involvement in such a horrendous crime,” Clinton said.

After he was set free, the FBI Director Robert Mueller blasted MacAskill's decision. “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,” Mueller wrote.

Some victim's families have charged Megrahi's release was tied to future oil deals between British oil companies and the Libyan government. Those allegations have been vehemently denied by British officials and spokesmen for oil firms like British Petroleum.

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  • Jim H

    “He is going to die. That is why he was released,” MacAskill said to Scottish Parliament back in January.

    We're all going to die. Why not just empty your prisons?

  • cedarhill

    This is why we simply must have a Brit-type medical system since it seems to confirm they really do help terminal cancer patients live a long and productive life. The only issue is where do we all go after being exiled?

  • http://follonblogs.blogspot.com/ Michael Follon

    Jacob Laksin has demonstrated in this article that he is incapable, certainly on this subject, of doing any objective research – if he had he wouldn't have written what he did. Because of his own gullability he is clearly very willing to indoctrinate his readers into accepting what they have been told and read with regard to the bombing of Pan Am 103. If a lie is repeated often enough it can come to being regarded as being fact. He writes –

    "Scottish officials had said Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi would die within three months …"

    That is absolute nonsense. NO SUCH A STATEMENT WAS EVER MADE. The following are extracts from the report by the Medical Officer of Greenock Prison regarding the application for compassionate release by Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi –

    "It is very difficult to be precise on matters of prognosis for any disease and Mr Megrahi's condition is no different." …

  • http://follonblogs.blogspot.com/ Michael Follon

    …"Whilst his condition does not restrict or remove Mr Megrahi's ability to carry out any particular tasks, we do believe he would represent a risk to himself or anyone else."

    - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resources/Doc/925/0085… or, http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Justice/legal/l… – click on 'Open file'.

    A simple Google search would have found this information.

    Since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 24 applications for compassionate release have been granted as they satisfied ALL the criteria. A further 7 applications have been refused.

    The inaccuracies are further compounded by quoting the asinine remarks of that gutless moron Robert Mueller, currently Director of the FBI. Go to http://freewebs.com/fbiblog/ 'FBI CHIEF TERRORIST'. Read paragraph 2).) …

  • http://follonblogs.blogspot.com/ Michael Follon

    …Some advice for Jacob –

    "Just remember, especially in politics, that people who make statements as fact without knowing what they are talking about are just opening their mouth and letting their belly rumble."

    "If you don't want to get burnt stay out of the kitchen."

    "Think about what you're going to say before you say it."

    "Assume nothing."

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t-Saoghail! (The Truth against the World!) – Scottish saying.

  • http://follonblogs.blogspot.com/ Michael Follon

    The post which I submitted which starts …"Whilst his condition does not restrict…" the word NOT should be inserted between the words "do" and "believe" in line 2 so that it reads as follows "…we do not believe he would represent a risk to himself or anyone else."