Monday, August 24, 2009

Lockerbie : Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill explains decision on Al Megrahi release to Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament at Holyrood in Edinburgh today heard a statement from Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill explaining his decision to release on compassionate grounds, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, the man convicted of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland in December 1988.

Amidst some self congratulatory questions from Mr MacAskill’s colleagues in the Scottish National Party, some half decent questions & points from a few MSPs and, admittedly some ludicrous suggestions from members of the opposition that Mr Al Megrahi could have been released to a ‘hospice’, party political point scoring did inevitably take over several times to an otherwise lacklustre parliamentary session on possibly Alex Salmond’s administration’s most important policy decision to-date.

Observers to the Lockerbie case in general are left with little doubt that if there is to be an inquiry into the Lockerbie case and the trial of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, such inquiries will have to be conducted internationally as obviously there is little hope of effective debate, transparency or further investigation in Scotland (don’t forget that next week Holyrood has another bite at the Lockerbie case, so we can all look forward to a repeat of today’s non event – Ed)

Today’s statement by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to the Scottish Parliament & questions asked by various MSPs :


Anonymous said...

he should be ashamed of himself and the rest of them

Anonymous said...

Well I think Kenny came out of that one very well all things considering.

More power to Scotland for it I say !