Monday, August 29, 2011
Lockerbie bomber Al-Megrahi found 'close to death' at his home in Tripoli, it is time to leave him to die in peace for the sake of his family
The papers are full of the hunt for Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi.
It turns out that he hasn’t fled.
Tracked down by a CNN TV crew at his home in Tripoli, so US and UK Special Forces are out of luck.
Many people believe al-Megrahi should now be left to die in peace, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has publicly said.
I have to agree, there is no point in a witch hunt; he has been processed by the Scottish Justice System and found guilty.
He has terminal cancer, prostate cancer an unpleasant way to die.
Alex Salmond said it was time to lay to rest the "ridiculous" conspiracy theories around Megrahi, they don’t serve any purpose.
If a CNN TV crew can find him, he isn’t on the run.
His family has told a CNN TV crew he is close to death and falling in and out of a coma.
Medical services in Libya are at breaking point with hospitals over flowing with wounded.
Should Megrahi be extradited back to Scotland?
I would say no, what’s the point, kinder to let him die with his family.
Alex Salmond said:
"The opinion of many, many people is that it might be time as far as Mr Megrahi is concerned to draw a line under that part of the Lockerbie issue and perhaps allow this man now to die in peace.
"We can finally lay to rest the ridiculous conspiracy theory... that somehow Mr Megrahi was not dying of prostate cancer. You wouldn't have to be a medical expert to realise that this man is dying, is terminally ill, as we've always said."
Former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton takes a different view by saying:
“He served roughly two weeks in prison for every person he killed. Two weeks per murder. That is not nearly enough”
If Megrahi wasn’t ill, he wouldn’t be in Libya, he would still be sitting in a Scottish prison, unlike the Labour Party, the SNP Government weren’t doing a ‘deal in the desert’ for oil.
That was all Tony Blair.
Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds but technically remains a Scottish prisoner after being released on licence.
He has managed to get an extra two years of life.
Libyan rebel leaders surprisingly have said they do not intend to allow his extradition which is a shot across the bows to both the UK and US Governments.
CNN reported on Sunday that Megrahi was "comatose" and "near death... surviving on oxygen and an intravenous drip" and not eating.
Reporter Nic Robertson said he last saw Megrahi two years ago and described his appearance now as "much iller, much sicker, his face is sunken... just a shell of the man he was".
It seems that as Libya is reborn, the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi will not live to see it.
Looking at his picture, do we really want revenge on what is now left of him?
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University