Monday, 19 September 2011

On Megrahi, again, as before

[This is the heading over a post by John Rentoul today on the Eagle Eye blog on the website of The Independent. It reads in part:]

I thought it worth putting something that William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, told The Times last week, outside the pay wall:

"The overall strategy of engaging with Gaddafi to turn him away from a nuclear programme was right, including the contact with the intelligence services. Imagine the greater difficulty we would have had if he had had a whole range of weapons over the last few months." (...)

Thus my surprise that The Sunday Telegraph should have thought that “After he was prime minister, Tony Blair had two meetings with Gaddafi” was worth the front-page lead. Laden with innuendo about the media myth of the release of the Lockerbie bomber that is simply wrong.

We know that Blair wanted Megrahi out (or, rather, that he wanted Gaddafi to think that he was trying), but that it was not his decision. It was the decision of the Scottish executive, namely Alex Salmond, the Scottish National Party leader, and Kenny MacAskill, his justice minister.

Salmond would not have released Megrahi because Blair wanted him to. Salmond hates Blair, whom he tried to “impeach” over Iraq (showing no better understanding of the English language than the UK constitution or what was right), and the sentiment is warmly returned.

(It is not legally or formally relevant, but it is not irrelevant that there are serious doubts about Megrahi’s guilt.)

1 comment:

  1. MISSION LOCKERBE, 2011, (google translation, german/english:

    In Great Britain and Scotland the justice is lost ?

    Some official ones of Great Britain and Scotland strive with all means the politically colored "Lockerbie-Affair" to hold on in the criminally developed condition !
    It would be absolutely possible with today's forensic means, within a short time to find out, the final truth facts in the largest fraud in history Scotland' s would uncover...
    Mr Abdelbaset Al Megrahi and Libya/NTC do not have to do anything with the "PanAm 103 tragedy". Al Megrahi - Justice for Scottish Innocents.

    Ist in Great Britain and Scotland die Gerechtigkeit verloren gegangen ?

    Einige Offizielle von Great Britain und Scotland bemühen sich mit allen Mitteln die politisch gefärbte "Lockerbie- Affäre" auf dem kriminell aufgebauten Zustand zuhalten !
    Es wäre mit den heutigen zur Verfügung stehenden forensischen Mitteln absolut möglich, in kurzer Zeit endgültige Tatsachen zuschaffen, welche den grössten Betrug in der Geschichte Scotland's aufdecken würde...
    Mr Abdelbaset Al Megrahi und Libyen/NTC haben mit der "PanAm 103 Tragödie" nichts zu tun.

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