dinsdag 5 mei 2009

No Freedom for the Lockerbie Bomber

Abdelbasset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi, who was convicted for the Lockerbie bombing in 2001, was up for his second appeal. Megrahi already lost one appeal against his conviction for the 1988 massacre in which 270 people died. According to his legal team Megrahi’s conviction was based on completely circumstantial evidence. Five judges spent exactly a month considering the evidence before announcing their verdict which lasted only three minutes. They concluded that the new evidence did not affect the original case, and ruled that none of the grounds of appeal were well founded. Ever since his conviction Megrahi has been kept in a cell at Camp Zeist in the Netherlands. He now will serve his sentence in isolation and amid maximum security at Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow were he will remain until 2026.

For those of you who attended my presentation of the Conspiracy File: The Lockerbie Bombing during Cool Brittania you just have read the outcome of the second appeal. Two hundred and seventy people had to be sacrificed for a higher cause during that massacre. So now the errand boy had to be offered at any cost. Megrahi could not be released. If he was, it would have been a massive blow to the Scottish legal system. How would it reflect to the enormous police investigation ever carried out in Britain? Hopefully for those left behind this verdict has led to a final closure of a traumatic experience. Still it leaves an unpleasant feeling behind as if this is a beginning of a new political tension between the UK and the Arab World.


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