No suprise that many Aemerican politicians are rushing towards the cameras to demand that the Lockerbie mastermind be recaptured and brought to justice. He won’t be.
The most disgusting thing to come out of Scotland since haggis was the early release on medical grounds of the Libyan mastermind of the Lockerbie tragedy, a tragedy in which over 200 people were killed. He is under indictment in the US, since 1991 actually, but he’ll never be brought here and those politicians callign for that know that he won’t be brought here.
There is no judicial mechanism to bring him here. There is no extradiction treaty with Libya, and there certainly isn’t one with the rebels. They are unlikely to form a formal government that could even enter into such a treaty for a number of years. And I am not sure they would be inclined to extradict him in any event. Some of the rebels likely see him as a hero, he was cheered like one when he arrived in Libya. And I am not sure the rebel government will have any interest in being seen as aiding the United States (though they’ll take any money and weaponry we provide). In fact there may be NO REBEL government, Libya could split into civil war.
Lockerbie will be one of those instances in which the criminals escape justice. The first politician who acknowledges that will be telling the truth.