Lockerbie killer released on 'humanitarian' grounds

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, a Libyan convicted of helping plan the mid-air bombing that killed 270 people, many of them Americans, aboard a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland was freed on "compassionate grounds" reports  Ian Mackenzie of Reuters . Doctors claim he has terminal cancer. He served eight years on his "lifetime sentence." Cheering crowds greeted him upon his arrival in Libya. "He is a dying man, he is terminally ill," Scottish justice minister Kenny MacAskill told a news conference. "My decision is that he returns home to die." Because al-Megrahi is from an influential family and is now considered a hero, that might be quite awhile. Using strong language, the United States administration and its officials condemned the decision to free him."The interests of justice have not been served by this decision," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, the top U.S. justice official, said in a statement."There is...(Read Full Post)