Monday, April 20, 2009

Lockerbie Trial : First Minister denies reality as Lockerbie bomber will eventually be moved to Libya

As the denials and counter denials swirl around over the transfer or not-so-fast transfer to Libya of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland, 1988, we all know where the story is going, and al-Megrahi will indeed be transferred home to Libya .. to save any inquiry into what really happened, which might just show up Scots law to be that of a banana republic (as many of us know it is - Ed)

The Scotsman reports :

Ministers deny that Lockerbie bomber will be moved to Libya

Ministers deny that Lockerbie bomber will be moved to Libya

Published Date: 20 April 2009
By Hamish Macdonell

MINISTERS moved quickly yesterday to dismiss suggestions that they were preparing to transfer the Lockerbie bomber to Libya to serve out the remainder of his sentence.

They were reacting to the decision of the Crown Office to write to the families of the victims informing them about the prisoner transfer agreement with Libya, which is due to come into force at the end of this month.

That sparked renewed speculation that ministers were preparing to send Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi home because he has terminal cancer.

But a spokesman for the First Minister insisted yesterday that no decision would be taken on Megrahi's future until a formal application for his return to Libya had been received.

Megrahi's appeal is due to start shortly after the agreement comes into force on 27 April, meaning it is unlikely he will be able to submit an application for transfer for at least several months – no-one can apply while they are appealing.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Government said: "It will be for the Scottish ministers to decide on any application for prisoner transfer."

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