Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer who was the only person ever convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, died Sunday nearly three years after he was released from a Scottish prison to the outrage of the relatives of the attack’s 270 victims. He was 60.
Scotland released al-Megrahi on Aug. 20, 2009, on compassionate grounds to let him return home to die after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. At the time, doctors predicted he had only three months to live.
Anger over the release was further stoked by the hero’s welcome he received on his arrival in Libya — and by subsequent allegations that London had sought his release to preserve business interests in the oil-rich North African nation, strongly denied by the British and Scottish governments.
……Little was known about al-Megrahi. At his trial, he was described as the “airport security” chief for Libyan intelligence, and witnesses reported him negotiating deals to buy equipment for Libya’s secret service and military.
……In announcing al-Megrahi’s release from prison, Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said he was motivated by Scottish values to show mercy even though al-Megrahi had not shown compassion to his victims.
Weapons grade idiot MacAskill, who released al-Megrahi more for the £5billion Libyan investment in Britain than for “compassionate grounds”, was surprised at the adoring crowds who greeted al-Megrahi when he landed in Libya.
The Scots also lost track of the shitbag not long after he left. Evidently, they thought Al-Megrahi would appreciate “Scottish values” and check in with a parole officer now and then. For awhile, he made a miraculous recovery and lived in the lap of luxury.
This cockhoslter deserved to have a bomb strapped to his ass and blown to smithereens. Instead, he lived out the rest of his days in relative comfort.
If there’s a hell, he’s got his own special corner.