Friday, August 21, 2009

Justice denied

It is hard to be unambiguously pro life. Like everyone else I suppose my gut reaction to mass murderers is that they should be executed. But as I have said in previous posts, it is easy to talk the talk and get the picture.

However, that in no way means that any mass murderer should be released from custody. Ever. Yet the Scottish government did just that.

Hours after the Scottish National Party administration in Edinburgh announced its decision to free him, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, the only man convicted of the 1988 atrocity, flew home to a hero’s welcome in Tripoli.

Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence agent, has terminal prostate cancer and has less than three months to live. Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish justice minister, said freeing him showed Scotland’s “humanity.”

Despite his illness, Megrahi, 57, managed to walk unaided up the steps of the plane at Glasgow airport, his face hidden by a white baseball cap.

After he left Scottish soil, Megrahi, who has served just eight years of a 27-year sentence, released a statement protesting his innocence and expressing his “sympathy” for the families of the 270 people he was convicted of killing.

Any wonder why crimes like this continue to occur? The link.

No comments: