[Today is the twenty-second anniversary of the Lockerbie disaster. A number of print and broadcast media run commemorative features and interviews with relatives of victims. Two examples can be found here and here.
But the Scottish Conservative Party has chosen today to launch a further attack on the compassionate release in August 2009 of Abdelbaset Megrahi. A report in today's edition of The Herald reads in part:]
The Conservatives have renewed their attack on the decision to release the Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing on the 22nd anniversary of the atrocity. (...)
Conservative justice spokesman John Lamont said yesterday: “The decision by the SNP to release the Lockerbie bomber was a bad decision, made badly.
“But, as a consequence he has spent the last 18 months with his family and friends in Libya. He has been allowed to live his final weeks and months with those he loves.
“That is something he denied his victims.” (...)
A Scottish Government spokesman said last night: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with all those affected by the events of that terrible night, but most especially the families and relatives, wherever they are in the world.
“Scotland’s justice system has been dealing with the Lockerbie atrocity for 22 years and in every regard the due process of Scots law has been followed – in terms of the investigation, prosecution, imprisonment, rejection of the prisoner transfer application and granting of compassionate release.”
[The Tory Party in Scotland is moribund. In this year's UK general election it won one Scottish seat out of a total of fifty-nine. In the light of political crassness such as is displayed in the above statement, it is not difficult to see why.]