Hi everyone, Lib here in Manchester, UK, wondering whether the UK has made another boo-boo.
Above is the remains of the Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York that exploded 31,000ft over Lockerbie, Scotland, 38 minutes after take-off from London on the 21st December 1998. All 259 people on board the Boeing 747 were killed, along with 11 people on the ground.
On the 31st January 2001, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi was found guilty of murder after the historic trial under Scottish law in the Netherlands. The judges recommended a minimum of 20 years “in view of the horrendous nature of this crime”. On the 24th November 2003, Megrahi’s sentence was increased to 27 years.
And yet on the 20th August 2009, serving just over 7 years, Megrahi was released from prison on compassionate grounds due to his ‘advanced’ stage prostate cancer.
He received a hero’s welcome when he returned to his native home in Libya.
So, its a simple question I’m asking you really. Do prisoners have the right to be released on compassionate grounds?
Comments below please…..