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I see that SNP leader Alex Salmond (Pictured left) has defended the decision to release the convicted mass murderer Megrahi saying it was the “right decision”.

Mr Salmond told the BBC the release decision was made because “it was the right thing to do in terms of the Scottish justice system”. He said Scotland had a “strong” and “enduring” relationship with the US, but it did not “depend on us always coming to agreement”.

In this case, that is an understatement. Salmond is playing realpolitik. So is Brown. And so is Obama.

The US has the power to have stopped this. It did not do so. Instead it huffs and puffs but the underlying reality is different to that on the media surface.

They all feign outrage but they all know what the game is about. Libya is being brought in from the cold, quite deliberately, and the man who killed all those Pan Am passengers is now free as part of that complex process, and the politicians will move on whilst posturing for the benefit of public opinion.

It was WRONG to release this convicted killer but that means less than zero to those like Salmond who are profound moral relativists and who could not care less for the wishes of the VICTIMS of terrorism.

Scotland SHOULD be ashamed of itself, as should Labour.

Brown, Blair and Mandelson’s political DNA is all over this and Libya has been remarkably candid about it. The West, led by liberal morons, think they can appease Libya and buy off its OIL. That is the deal. Instead they encourage all terrorist nations who can see that even when one of their own IS perchance convicted of acts of mass murder, they still get out of jail.

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  1. Spot on

    I don’t know how to add different audio to youtube videos, else I would take a shot of the hero’s greeting given to the bomber and add " Scotland the Brave " to it.

    If this is what Scottish justice stands for, then there is no such thing as Scottish justice.

  2. this post is right on, it is what happens when we are governed by those that have no honor. A word that’s meaning is lost.

  3. If Obama had ratcheted up the pressure and blocked this, there would have been the same unfair rhetoric about the UK being a US president’s " poodle " that we heard during the GW Bush years.

    The fact is that Scotland is supposed to have the maturity to run a justice system, and everyone agreed to let them handle this case.

    Obama may have been able to do more, Brown the Scot may have been more culpable than he lets on, but the shame of this action will principally remain with Scotland.

    The heroism of Bannockburn will always be remembered. The treachery of this past week will likewise never be forgotten. For centuries to come, this will be remembered as one of the most craven acts to be done in Scotland or by Scots.

  4. ah Mahons are you admitting that sanction or the threat of sanctions has no sway? Becareful where you tredd

  5. Well no-one can accuse wee Kenny "Copfighter" MacAskill of treating the matter lightly. He even went to the trouble of visiting Megrahi in prison while mulling over the decision to be made:


    I trust the Scottish Minister for Compassion takes the trouble to visit all inmates who may be released early.

    The idea that Obama and Clinton, Brown and Miliband, Salmond and MacAskill are hiding behind each other, blaming each other and justifying their own actions is quite delicious. Now that a convicted mass murderer has been released, an array of deeply unpleasant characters are fighting to make sure someone else comes out of it worse.

  6. The US has the power to have stopped this.

    Really? What about national sovereignty, or is that suspended if the neo-cons decide it is inconvenient to their purposes?

    But it was a shameful decision which sends all the wrong signals to the Islamists. And it was undoubtedly a political decision made at the behest of BP and others with ambitions on Libya’s energy resources.

  7. You’ll be pleased to read his former lawyer is complaining that his release now means he will receive inferior medical treatment. He should speak to Dan Hannan.

    A few obvious points:

    1. Most righties here being godbotherers should be happy that he will be facing a judgment more terrible than even the Court of Sessions

    2. He didn’t do it. For those who live in a country in which innocence does not constitute a ground of appeal, the significance of this point may be harder to grasp, but some of us think it matters.

    3. If the US ever stops sheltering fugitive terrorists it may be in a stronger position to complain about indulgent attitudes elsewhere.

  8. Jimmy

    Well said.

    But I disagree with point 2. He was found guilty after a lengthy trial. Of course many others have escaped justice, and other states apart from Lybia may have been involved. But the case against Megrahi was made, and his release on "compassionate" grounds is shameful and weak. AQ and others will take note.

  9. Jimmy

    1. Us "godbotherers" also believe in the rule of law. He was a CONVICTED mass murderer. Tough to grasp?
    2. How do YOU know he didn’t do it? Does he channel through you?

  10. I also agree that as the man formally convicted under Scottish law of the mass murder of hundreds of inncoent people he should never have been released except in the circumstances of having been cleared of the crime, but I don’t necessarlily accept that all the national political leaders were culpable in this decision. It may very well have been genuinley a decision made by the Scottisj justice secretary. Just because Gaddaffi says otherwise is no reason to suddenly start believing the dictator.

  11. I don’t know anyone who’s examined this case who thinks he’s guilty. The case has been referred back by the Review Commission, the vast majority of such appeals are successful. He just won’t live long enough to be exonerated. For the sake of the bereaved the absence of an appeal should not prohibit a full inquiry. This whole thing stinks.

  12. "I don’t know anyone who’s examined this case who thinks he’s guilty."

    Apart from those who examined the facts presented and determined his guilt in the first instance.

  13. Jimmy

    How many people do you know who actually had the opportunity to examine the evidence in detail, as oppose to making a decision based on unsubstantiated media articles ?

  14. Colm

    My experience of arguing this is those who insist on his guilt know very little about the case. My apologies to those who do not fit this pattern.

  15. None of us know if he is guilty or not, we don’t have the information to make that judgment but the Scottish Justice secretary is bound to act under the assumption that by Scottish law he has been convicted. In that case he should not have been released. He is , in law the murderer of 270 people.

  16. Colm,

    My experience of arguing is that those who insist on his innocence know little about the case. My apologies to those who do not fit the pattern, and Private Eye readers.

  17. They got a heroes welcome too.

    Factually, they killed fewer. Irish Republicanism beaten by Libyan malice. Who would have figured? Colm.

  18. So they were guilty too were they?

    Should have seen that one coming I suppose.

    Any strong views on Dreyfus?


  19. Jimmy

    The Guilford four left court after being acquitted. This Libyan man has not been acquitted. I do accept that he may have been a fall guy and I certainly believe there was a lot more powerful beings involved than just him if indeed he was involved , but I am referring to the fact that the Scottish justice system did not release him because they believed his conviction was unsafe , which would have had some morality to it but because they apparently believed a mass killer of 270 people is entitled to enjoy some freedom. They were wrong to do so .

  20. The issue is whether the decision to release him made sense on "compassion" grounds. And it did not.

  21. Colm,

    In a normal case I might agree, however he has been denied by ill-health the hearing of an appeal which appeared to have every prospect of success. It strikes me as artificial not to take this into consideration.

  22. There will be no sanctions against Scotland, no successful boycott, none of that.

    Not from America anyway. We love Scotland too much for that. The Scots have always been a huge part of America, and we love everything that Scotland and the Scots stand for. Which is why this monstrous injustice hurts so much.

    Our ire should be focused on the individuals responsible.

    Long live Scotland.

  23. Releasing murderers for political reasons is unprecedented. Oh wait it isn’t.

    I find the outrage in this case a tad hard to swallow.

    I of course exempt those who were outraged when it happened before

  24. Phantom

    Have you never heard that saying attributed to Napoleon? – ‘Beware perfidious Albion!’.

    Mind you, the same can be said of almost any nation – and that includes America, who also have a long record of reneging on deals for political reasons…

  25. Breaking News!!!

    King of the Ponzi Bernie Madoff has cancer!

    Is this now going to be the new, fashionable ‘get out’ ticket for aging criminals?

    That it has yet to dawn on ‘those in charge’ that most men have some form of prostate cancer when they die. They used to say ‘every man dies with prostate cancer, – but few die of it!’. Not strictly true, of course, it is a much bigger killer than was once recognised, but if this fashion for ‘compassion’ really gains universal acceptance, then any male over the age of forty will have a chance of being freed…

    First Ronnie Biggs, then Megrami, next Madoff, and maybe, at some future date, Mande……!

  26. The poor man.

    If he’d only arranged to be subject to the curious justice of a Scottish court.

  27. Madoff was not only a financial wizard.

    He was a true romantic, the subject of a tell all book from a woman with whom he had an affair of long standing. Just look at those two faces. i am sure this was one genuine passion.

    Bernie, you the man!

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