The Scottish Government faced calls to name the doctors whose advice resulted in the assessment that the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing had three months to live. (...)
The bomber was given three months to live, but is still living with his family in Tripoli.
Scotland's Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill made the decision to free the Libyan after receiving advice that no specialist "would be willing to say" if a three-month prognosis was reasonable.
Dr Andrew Fraser, director of health and care of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), said in his report to Kenny MacAskill that his clinical assessment drew on expert advice from a number of cancer specialists.
Labour have now called on the SNP government to reveal the identities of those doctors and what their prognosis was.
The party's community safety spokesman James Kelly said: "It's time that Kenny MacAskill released the full facts surrounding the medical evidence of Al Megrahi's release."
As part of their push, Labour has pointed to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology from two years ago.
It said patients with advanced metastatic prostate cancer, which is resistant to hormone treatment, had a median life expectancy of 19.2 months from the start of chemotherapy. (...)
A Scottish Government spokeswoman defended Dr Fraser and his assessment of Al Megrahi's condition, adding he was "a professional of unimpeachable integrity".
"Dr Fraser drew on expert advice from a number of cancer specialists in coming to his clinical assessment that a three month prognosis was a reasonable estimate for Al Megrahi - it was not based on the opinion of any one doctor," she said.
"These specialists included two consultant oncologists, two consultant urologists and a number of other specialists, including a palliative care team, and Mr Al Megrahi's primary care physician."
In a documentary screened in Scotland on Monday night, Mr MacAskill said he acted "in good faith" when he authorised the release of Al Megrahi.
He said in the STV programme: "I authorised it. I did so in good faith and I believe everybody who's been involved in this has also acted in good faith.
"It was my responsibility and I stand by my actions."
[From a report on the Sky News website.]