[On this date in 2004 Abdelbaset Megrahi wrote a letter from prison to Lisa Gibson, sister of Pan Am 103 victim Ken Gibson. What follows is excerpted from an account of the story on the Sloppynoodle Christian website:]
Megrahi was found to have serious prostate cancer and was given only six months to live. Shortly after his release there were allegations that his release was motivated by an oil deal. With his continued survival an additional two years, several of the American Lockerbie family members began calling for his return to prison and enlisted the support of members of Congress in their efforts.
Lisa Gibson, who lost her brother Kenneth on the 1988 terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103 has taken a different approach. She made a decision to forgive Megrahi and sent him a letter in June 2004 saying that “Only God knows if you are really responsible. But as a Christian I need to forgive you.”
Megrahi sent her a letter back in July 2004 saying he was sorry for her loss, that he could tell she was a religious person and that, like her, he has a family and would never commit such a horrific act.
He quoted Scriptures both from the Bible and the Quran believing one day he would be proven innocent. He cited Luke 18 in his letter which says, “Listen to what the unjust judge says and will not God bring about Justice for his chosen ones who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you He will see that they get justice and quickly.”
Megrahi closed the letter by saying, “Madam, I pray for you to be happy in your life and suffer no such sadness in the future. I pray that there will be love amongst all mankind and for peace on Earth for God is peace, goodness and in God we find eternal happiness.”
[RB: A report on the BBC News website contains the following:]
He sent a grateful reply from his prison cell in Scotland. In the letter, dated 2 July 2004, he also denied responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing.
"The court found me guilty based on false and unsound evidence," he wrote. "I pray day and night that God helps me to prove my innocence."