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dosser

Megrahi's deid.

Just been looking at the comments on CNN's site.

It's weird. Somebody living in the US - I think it was Squiorb, or whatever the name was - posted something on FF once about Americans OTT respect for authority being such that nothing they're told by their governments, courts, preachers, parents can ever be questioned.

They've been told Megrahi was guilty, so there's no room in their minds for honest doubt. Doubters are Liberals. (They've no idea what a Liberal is, but they've been told in the past that it's a sweary-wurd it seems.) As far as they're concerned, the affair ends with Megrahi's death - and may he rot in hell etc....... And Scotland is a very naughty boy for releasing him.

We were also told that Megrahi was guilty........ I cannae find anyone over here that's convinced.

I did find one interesting comment about Megrahi's release and Obama's remark that Americans were "surprised" by it.

"Back when the Lockerbie bomber was first released, after both Barack Obama and new British PM David Cameron publicly criticized the release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi eleven months ago, the Scottish government challenged the US to open its files on the case of the Lockerbie bomber.  The Australian reports that the Times of London has discovered why Scotland seemed so keen on transparency.  The deputy US ambassador to London gave a green light to Megrahi’s release, and even insisted on a “compassionate” parole rather than simply a prisoner transfer:

Correspondence obtained by The Sunday Times reveals the Obama administration considered compassionate release more palatable than locking up Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in a Libyan prison.
The intervention, which has angered US relatives of those who died in the attack, was made by Richard LeBaron, deputy head of the US embassy in London, a week before Megrahi was freed in August last year on grounds that he had terminal cancer.  The document, acquired by a well-placed US source, undermines US President Barack Obama’s claim that all Americans were “surprised, disappointed and angry” to learn of Megrahi’s release.

Initially, the Obama administration resisted the transfer of Megrahi to Libya in any circumstances.  However, LeBaron didn’t seem all that enthusiastic about resistance, or perhaps figured that Scotland and the UK would use Megrahi as a bargaining chip regardless of the US position.  

In the very same letter in which LeBaron filed his objections, he then advised Scotland on the terms of transfer preferred by the US:

In the letter, sent on August 12 last year to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and justice officials, Mr LeBaron wrote that the US wanted Megrahi to remain imprisoned in view of the nature of the crime.
The note added: “Nevertheless, if Scottish authorities come to the conclusion that Megrahi must be released from Scottish custody, the US position is that conditional release on compassionate grounds would be a far preferable alternative to prisoner transfer, which we strongly oppose.”

The letter clearly shows that the Obama administration lied about being surprised by Megrahi’s release.  They knew it was coming, and while they may have been surprised that he went to Libya, the White House knew Scotland was going to spring Megrahi one way or the other."
SengaMcp

Guilty? Ah dinna ken. In the know? Aye, maist likely, but possibly not directly responsible. Scapegoat cos 'they' couldn't get at the real culprit? Almost certainly. Will we ever know wit reely happened? Naw.
dosser

Aye, yer probly right, we'll never know.
But somebody on the news was suggesting that there is some legal mechanism whereby his appeal could till be revived...... though he acknowledged that it was unlikely to happen.

It's a pity.
I'd like tae hear more aboot the alleged breakin at the airport the day before the plane took off.
I'd like tae know more aboot the photograph of Megrahi that the Maltese shopkeeper was allegedly shown before he picked out Megrahi in an identity parade.
And I'd really like tae know more about the fee ($2m) the wee Maltese shopkeeper got fae the yanks.

It micht a' be keech, bollocks and rumours, but it'll no' go away jist 'cause Megrahi "went away". A' the doubts will remain.
bormes

I think Dr. Swires was sayin' Megrahi has left papers an' dokumints fur him eftir he's deid.
Ah look forward to hearin' aboot them.
SengaMcp

See the dad o thon lass wit died reckins Megrahi hus left him documints wit micht clear things up a bit... If he kin get his hauns on thum.

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