Lockerbie Bomber Betrayal

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The United States encountered its first setback in dealing with Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC), the rebels’ representative body, when it refused to extradite Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber on Sunday. The same day, a CNN journalist discovered the fugitive from American justice sick in bed at his family’s villa in Tripoli, apparently “near death.”

It is doubtful that the rebel leadership’s initial refusal to extradite al-Megrahi was made on compassionate grounds, since the announcement not to extradite was made several hours before he was located and made no mention of his medical condition. When making its refusal known, it is unclear whether the NTC even knew of al-Megrahi’s whereabouts.  Moreover, in making the announcement, the rebel body’s justice minister, Mohammad al-Alagi, was responding to the request by US senators last week to hold and put on trial again the man responsible for the deaths of 190 American citizens.

“We will not hand over any Libyan citizen. It was Gaddafi who handed over Libyan citizens,” said al-Alagi on Sunday. Al-Alagi added the senators’ request also had “no meaning,” since al-Megrahi had already been found guilty of the crime in Scotland.

Al-Megrahi was convicted in Great Britain in 2000 of the 1988 bombing of Pan-Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland that killed 270 people, including 190 Americans. He served only eight years of the life sentence he received from a British court before his controversial release on compassionate grounds in August, 2009.

The public was told he had cancer and would die within three months. That was two years ago. The families of al-Megrahi’s victims were angered by the British decision to free the murderer of their loved ones, especially when they saw him receiving a hero’s welcome when he returned to Libya.

The anger increased when it emerged that al-Megrahi was most likely released in exchange for oil and trade deals. A prisoner exchange agreement was also conveniently signed between Great Britain and Libya at this time to clear the way for al-Megrahi’s return home. The British oil giant, British Petroleum, admitted lobbying for the exchange agreement, having signed a large oil exploration deal with Libya in 2007.

For its part, the Obama administration publicly expressed anger at the British decision. President Obama said Americans were “surprised, disappointed and angry” at news of the release. But it later transpired that the president knew about the British decision in advance, but wanted al-Megrahi kept in Scotland when freed from prison rather than Britain sending him back to Libya.

Americans should not be surprised, however, at the NTC initially blocking justice for the Lockerbie victims and their families. Abdel-Jalil was Gaddafi’s justice minister from 2007 to 2011, which pretty much says it all. He became head of the NTC because he was the first high government official to join the rebel cause. This occurred after Gaddafi had sent him to Benghazi at the rebellion’s outbreak to negotiate the release of hostages the rebels had seized.

While in Gaddafi’s employ, Abdel-Jalil reportedly received his promotion to minister’s rank for his involvement in a notorious trial in Libya, which involved European citizens. As the appeals court judge for the case, Abdel-Jalil twice confirmed the death sentence for five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who had been falsely accused of injecting 438 children in a Libyan children’s hospital with the HIV virus on the orders of the United States and Israel.

A Bulgarian journalist who covered the trial, speaking with a French newspaper, called Abdel-Jalil “a (Gaddafi) loyalist among the loyalists,” who was rewarded for his legal “intransigence” with the minister’s position. The journalist added that Abdel-Jalil is also not the only one currently in the rebel ranks who “expressed their loyalty to the regime and demanded death by hanging” for the nurses. And it was a sycophantic loyalty they had already been “clearly displaying for dozens of years.”

Before Abdel-Jalil’s enlightened judicial decisions, in what was supposed to be a good, full-blooded, no-nonsense show trial that would have made Joseph Stalin proud, all six accused courageously repudiated their confessions before the Libyan People’s Court, saying they had been extracted under torture (this claim was later confirmed by Seif al-Gaddafi, one of Muammar’s son). During their eight and a half years of imprisonment, the nurses also accused their interrogators of rape.

“We were left alone with those men who did everything they wanted to,” said one imprisoned nurse at the time in an interview with Human Rights Watch.

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  • aspacia

    Only a few of our representatives realize that we are dealing with Muslim liars.

    • mlcblog

      Realize or have the grit to act accordingly.

      • aspacia

        Many, similar to many of my coworkers have zero idea, and poo poo any arguments as fear mongering. I really do mean these educated idiots live in a land of their making.

  • StephenD

    Why would there even be a question? We shouldn't ask. We should TELL the NTC to hand him over or the money stays frozen. Money still talks…even with these backward leaning folks.

  • Fred Dawes

    The guy was working for the Globalists and imperisalism islamic guys

  • mlcblog

    Money? just how? Not clear what you are suggesting. Bribe people?

    • StephenD

      Before we "release" the frozen assets of Qadaffy Duck we have our demands met. OR tell them to pound sand. THAT money.

  • http://wwwtwosetsofbooks.blogspot.com/ patti

    The deep game of the Hard Left…. DOCLEAK: Bloomberg's lie about Faith Leaders and 9/11: Inte… http://wwwtwosetsofbooks.blogspot.com/2011/08/blo

  • Debanjan Banerjee

    The US senators have lost all legtimacy when they decided to support Netanyahu instead of their own elected leader.

    The NTC does not need the American senators telling them what to do , if these American senators bark more the NTC can just make a phone call to the office of ExxonMobile telling them that no more oil will be sold to them and China will get the oil and these barking senators will stop barking.

    • nina

      A new cretin is letting hie antisemitic feelings out in this forum. What has Netaniahu to do with the present discussion about the Lockerby bomber. Only his dark soul would know.

  • Ghostwriter

    Al-Megrahi deserves to rot in jail. He doesn't deserve one minute of freedom.

  • Fred Dawes

    who really cares about some guy who will be dead in 4 weeks, we got to get our act in order the system boys are about to cut our heads off, just open your eyes and look at what is happening around you. If you see nothing may God help you.

  • jasonz

    geee arabs lied.,..nooooooo…i thought sand monkeys would be soooo honest after we spent so much time helping them…boy is my face red…he i got it. why dont we do something intewlligent which is, bomb them all…kill them all…take all their stuff and oil grab the lokerbie bomber, cut him into 51 small pieces (1 for each state and then 1 for puerto rico) and then get rid of the rest of the mussie subhuman filth and then live in peace, cuz this multicultural kumbaya crap is not working

  • Bigred

    I see another job for Seal Team 6. Bring the body back to Syracuse University and let the family members line and piss on his dead body.

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

    "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."

    It's easy to hide behind the anonymity of a pseudonym. I suggest that you do some genuine research on the subject of the Lockerbie bombing. Here are a couple of links – http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/why-is-it-t… and http://www.podjockey.com/lionelmedia/2011/08/25/l…. Noone "concluded that the bomber would die within 3 months". The 3 month period was an estimate NOT a definitive statement as to life expectancy.

    You've obviously had your head stuck where the sun don't shine for so long that you can't tell the difference between fact and fiction.

    Michael Follon

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

    There have been many liars about the whole matter of the Lockerbie bombing such as Ulrich Lumpert, a former employee of MEBO, who voluntarily gave an affidavit that he had committed perjury at the Camp Zeist trial or Tony Gauci, the Maltese shopkeeper, who identified Megrahi from a magazine photograph which he was shown 6 days before the trial but when under oath stated that he could not identify Megrahi as being the person to whom he sold the clothes which the bomb was wrapped in. My own nomination to the long list of liars about the Lockerbie bombing is the current Director of the FBI – Robert Swan Mueller III.

    Michael Follon

  • aspacia

    Oh, you mean that many lie similar to many U.S.citizens? Remember, I have numerous UK relatives.

    Most of our politicos and liberals are liars as well.

  • http://www.boycottscotland.com Infidel 4 Ever

    Michael Follon, you live in a place where the sun don't shine.

    The uk/scotland are BACKSTABBERS and their arrogance and insatiable greed for money has turned a once great nation into a perfidious cesspool of appeasers and socialists.

    This isn't over by a long shot.

  • http://www.boycottscotland.com Infidel 4 Ever

    MIchael Foolon, a pseudonym like "sodahead" or "podjockey"?

    How abou the uk keeping the bomber of Pan Am 103 to serve his full sentence.

    Again, Americans should treak the Socialist uk/scottits as Americans treat Socialist venezuela.

    This matter isn't going away Foolon.

  • http://www.boycottscotland.com Infidel 4 Ever

    Michale Foolon, If you can demonstrate the the FBI director was aware and approved of the "compassionate" relase of the bomber of Pan Am 103, I suggest you take a jump in Loc Ness.