Isn’t this fantastic? Scotland releases the person responsible for killing 270 people on compassionate grounds and look at the hero’s reception he gets:
He was convicted and still claims he didn’t do it but offers his sympathy to the families of those killed.
Despite strenuous American opposition, the Scottish government on Thursday ordered the release on compassionate grounds of the only person convicted in the Lockerbie bombing, permitting Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, a 57-year-old former Libyan intelligence agent, to return home after serving 8 years of a 27-year minimum sentence on charges of murdering 270 people in Britain’s worst terrorist episode.
Still protesting his innocence, and offering “sincere sympathy” to the families of those who died in the bombing, Mr. Megrahi was granted his freedom under the terms of Scottish laws permitting the early release of prisoners with less than three months to live.
You would think a person convicted of a crime wouldn’t be released unless he admitted guilt. But nooooo. For this mass murderer, it’s all good.
The Minister of Justice said:
Mr. Megrahi “did not show his victims any comfort or compassion. They were not allowed to return to the bosom of their families to see out their lives, let alone their dying days. No compassion was shown by him to them.”
“But, that alone is not a reason for us to deny compassion to him and his family in his final days,” the official said.
“Our justice system demands that judgment be imposed but compassion be available. Our beliefs dictate that justice be served, but mercy be shown. Compassion and mercy are about upholding the beliefs that we seek to live by, remaining true to our values as a people – no matter the severity of the provocation or the atrocity perpetrated,” he said.
In this case it appears that “compassion” trumped judgment and justice…for the families of those killed by this scum.