Friday, 26 August 2011

The Lockerbie convict's new war

[This is the headline over an article by William Underhill published yesterday night on the website of The Daily Beast. It reads in part:]

Now the collapse of the Gaddafi regime has brought calls for Megrahi’s extradition to the United States or his return to prison in Libya.

For a vocal lobby in Washington, his freedom—and continuing survival—represent an affront that can at last be addressed. In the words of Sen Kirsten Gillibrand: “Seeing him participate in good health at a pro-Gaddafi rally recently was another slap in the face not just for the families of the Lockerbie victims but for all Americans and for all nations of the world who are committed to bringing terrorists to justice.”

A tad overstated? Such rhetoric certainly won’t find universal support in Britain. Megrahi is far from friendless back in Scotland, where Pan Am flight 103 crashed in 1988 killing 270 passengers and residents of the small town of Lockerbie. Campaigners convinced of his innocence are pressing the Scottish parliament for an inquiry leading to a possible appeal that would clear Megrahi’s name.

And the roll-call of big-name supporters for the Justice for Megrahi group can’t be easily ignored. On the list: Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu; the head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien; Jim Swire, the parent of a Lockerbie victim, and Professor Robert Black, the lawyer who devised the special court which tried Megrahi in the Netherlands in 2001.

One more backer, the leading lawyer Ian Hamilton, has blogged: “I don't think there's a lawyer in Scotland who now believes Mr. Megrahi was justly convicted."

The group insists there’s no case for extradition on legal grounds. Says Robert Forrester, secretary of the campaign: “Mr. Megrahi is a Scots prisoner released under license and still falls under Scots jurisdiction therefore and neither Washington nor Westminster has any jurisdiction under Scots law.” But he concedes that politics may determine his fate. “The man should be left alone to continue with his medical treatment but he has become such a pawn that I can’t believe that is going to happen.”

3 comments:

  1. Just as dangerous as any terrorist to this world are those in power and influence who perpetuate and uphold lies as apparent truths.

    You won't hear any major politician sway from the party line about Megrahi, whether that is Obama, Cameron, Salmond, Brown, Blair, Bush and so on, even though his conviction is objectively and rationally unsound, none of them will deviate from the consensus.

    We appear to live in a perpetual state of unreality when it comes to the Lockerbie bombing and Megrahi's conviction were obvious lies are held up as the truth even though everyone involved knows they're lies.

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  2. MISSION LOCKERBIE, 2011, (google translation, german/english):

    The Scottish legal system now needs a "sterile" Rehabilitation to say the world the truth about the background in the "Lockerbie-Affair" - and Al Megrahi's miscarriages of justice in 6 points - to declare (after opening the 'SCCRC' files) ...
    It is hoped that the "Scottish Parliament" uses the truth as a change, the ailing Scottish legal system to bring back into a proper legal system.
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    Das schottische Rechtssystem braucht jetzt eine "keimfreie" Rehabilitation um der Welt die Wahrheit über die Hintergründe in der "Lockerbie-Affäre"-- und Al Megrahi's Fehlurteil in 6 Punkten -- zuerklären (nach Öffnung der 'SCCRC' Akten)...
    Es ist zu hoffen, dass das "Scottish Parliament" die Wahrheit als Change nutzt, das angeschlagenen schottischen Rechtssystem wieder in eine korrekte Rechtsordnung zurückzubringen..

    by Edwin and Mahnaz Bollier, MEBO Ltd. Switzerland. URL: www.lockerbie.ch

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