UK – David Cameron has attacked the release of the only man convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 AKA the Lockerbie bombing, ahead of his first official visit to the US as PM.
Mr Cameron described the Scottish government decision to free Abdelbaset al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds last year as “completely wrong”.
Humm. Now I have a feeling that when David Cameron finds out the truth about the Lockerbie bombing, and that Libya had nothing to do with it he will start to feel more than a little sick.
The decision of the Scottish government was a very good one on a number of levels. Firstly it saved the courts the embarrassment of having to declare that the evidence used to convict Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was at best tenuous and at worse utterly fictitious.
Secondly it unblocked trade with Libya which had become a prisoner of western hubris.
Had Abdelbaset al-Megrahi appeal succeeded then there would have been no one convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
But then the whole thing would have had to be re opened and attention drawn to that other ‘Lockerbie bombing’. The shooting down of Iran Air Flight 655 by by missiles fired from USS Vincennes (CG-49) on 3 July 1988, over the Strait of Hormuz.
Not something that the USA would be too keen on.
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