September 14, 2009 |
Britain's Foreign Office took the unusual step of denying a newspaper report that diplomats had reached a secret agreement with Libya that would prevent the killer of a British policewoman from being tried in Britain. A spokesman who asked not to be identified because of departmental policy said there was no truth to the Sunday Times' claim that a secret deal reached three years ago meant the killer of policewoman Yvonne Fletcher would never face trial in Britain. The issue is sensitive because the British government's dealings with Libya have been under intense scrutiny since the release last month of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi, who is terminally ill with cancer.
September 1, 2009 |
Amid continued allegations of political deal-making, Scottish officials said today that the early release of the only man convicted in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Scotland was motivated solely by humanitarian and judicial concerns, not commercial ones. British interests in Libya's large oil and gas reserves were irrelevant to the decision to release Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi, a suspected Libyan spy found guilty in 2001, said Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's deputy first minister.
August 25, 2009 |
Scotland's justice minister Monday defended his much-criticized decision to free the only man convicted in the Lockerbie bombing. The Scottish administration has faced unrelenting criticism from both the U.S. government and some of the families of American victims of the 1988 Pan Am bombing since it announced last week that it was freeing Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi on compassionate grounds. The terminally ill Megrahi, who has prostate cancer, returned to his native Libya on Thursday, where he was greeted by crowds waving Libyan and Scottish flags.
August 23, 2009 |
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III has strongly condemned Scotland's justice minister for freeing the only man convicted in the Lockerbie bombing, saying in a letter released Saturday that his action had made a "mockery" of justice and encouraged terrorists everywhere. Mueller's letter came on the heels of criticism by President Obama and other administration officials over the decision Thursday to release former Libyan intelligence agent Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi, who was convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing 270 people, most of them Americans.
August 21, 2009 |
Wearing a white track suit, and a scarf to cover his face, Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi, a one-time intelligence officer, this morning left Greenock Prison in Scotland, where he had served eight years in connection with the 1988 bombing that destroyed an airliner over Lockerbie and killed 270 people. The release of the man, described as terminally ill with prostrate cancer, was the latest step in the Lockerbie saga that had shaped international relations for a generation and was seared into the American and British consciousness as an early example of state terrorism.
August 21, 2009
The release by Scotland of Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi, who was expected to spend his life in prison for the 1988 bombing of a Pan American jetliner, was merciful, certainly, but an outrage nonetheless. The "compassionate release" of the terminally ill Libyan terrorist showed no compassion for relatives of the 270 people killed when the jet exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. Compounding their trauma was the muted protest of the Obama administration. Instead of viewing the special relationship between the United States and Britain as a cause for candor, the president, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Atty.