Go! Home from prison because you’re ill

Posted on September 5th, 2009 by Lib

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…..

18 Responses to “Go! Home from prison because you’re ill”

  1. BoSnr says:

    I am sorry Lib but the old saying is ” I you can’t do the time don’t do the crime ”
    At the risk of being controvertial he should have stayed in jail.
    So should all the others such as Ronnie Bigs.
    Too many people are let out only to re-offend. I will stop now before I get going, but I am sure a lot of people wordwide of many faiths will agree with me

    • Lib says:

      I’m inclined to agree with you but then I read that some of the victims parents wanted him to be released, and then I thought if they can be that forgiving, then why can’t everyone?

      And I suppose you have to think of the hurt that was caused, Ronnie Briggs didn’t necessarily hurt anyone but this guy blew up over 200 people.

  2. BoSnr says:

    Does this mean I can do what I want without fear of going to prison because I am ill??

  3. Jim says:

    Compassionate leave?

    Nope – doesn ‘t work for me as no compassion was shown during the crime!

  4. Apparently they do have the right…since that is what happened. In my opinion…If you do the crime you need to d the time. Geez I did my time for my crimes :) .-= Mighty Morgan´s last blog ..Resistance =-.

    • Lib says:

      I think I think so too.

      Granted, they’re not living it up, they are terminally ill but at least they get the right to die surrounded by their family, I right that this guy took away 270 times.

  5. ethicaleater says:

    I agree re. the lack of compassion following that no compassion to criminals should be returned. However, there is the argument that £1000′s tax payers money could be saved by allowing these useless individuals to spend the last of their days being cared for by their relatives thereby footing the costs.
    Ronnie B has no life presently. It’s not like he’s continuing to parade confortably in his ill-gotten gains whilst mocking honest Joe and the establishement as he did when in S. America.
    However (pt.2) if any of my family or friends where dirrectly affected by such an act, I am sure I would find it very difficult to forgive and insist on H,D & Q.
    .-= ethicaleater´s last blog ..coffeesister and Jim are now friends =-.

    • Lib says:

      So then the argument becomes a social one as well as an ethical one.

      I do believe that there is a cost reasoning to releasing prisoners with terminal illness’s early as prisons are over full capacity, it would be interesting to know how many are released annually that are out of the public eye.

      But I think this particular release was obviously politicly motivated and the Scottish government have been used as the McScapegoat.

  6. Purple13 says:

    Ouch – touchy topical issue here… the sort I normally avoid because everyone has an opinion and their opinion is the right one.

    Me personally? Well I think if he’d died in jail, then he’d have been seen as some sort of martyr and that could be far more dangerous (in a retaliation sense) than letting him go home now.
    .-= Purple13´s last blog ..Engraved silver money boxes – ideal for christenings =-.

    • Lib says:

      Interesting take on it Purple.

      • Either way he will always be seen as a hero and marytr. I have a problem with him coming home as a hero and then, having lots of friends and family to support him as he dies. He didn’t give those on the Pan Am flight the same. Besides, I’m not sure why he didn’t get over 200 life sentences one for each life taken.

        In the U.S. this week, Susan Atkins who was part of the Manson “family,” and admitted to stabbing Sharon Tate to death in 1969, was denied compassionate parole. She is 61, has brain cancer, and is terminal, she was only able to attend her hearing via laying down on a hospital bed. She also for reasons I do not know about had a leg amputated.
        .-= ClinicallyClueless´s last blog ..Worship in Song ~ "The Great Adventure/Live Out Loud" ~ Steven Curtis Chapman =-.

  7. O'DB says:

    As a bleeding heart liberal I think compassionate grounds are sufficient to allow a prisoner to die at home; as a fiscally tight &rse it also saves tax-payer money.

    This particular example is a little more complicated: if it was purely on compassionate grounds then I’m pro, but a significant proportion of the British media have suggested that the British government may have leaned on the Scottish judicial system (under who’s jurisdiction Mr. al-Megrahi was detained) to release him for political/trade reasons between the UK & Libya. If this proves to be the case – at this point I’m still not convinced of the arguments & evidence the media are reporting – then it was done for the wrong reasons & would be another blot on the UK’s foreign policy.

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