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Real scandal in Megrahi case is the corruption of the West

Issue No. 2238

The row over the release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, exposes a real scandal.

Megrahi did not blow up Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988.

His trial was farcical. Vital evidence wasn’t heard and several witnesses were paid millions of dollars by the US. But Megrahi’s conviction was convenient for Western governments.

He was then released in August 2009 because it benefited the British government and the BP oil company. Along the way the British blackmailed Megrahi into dropping a legal case that could have proved his innocence and exposed the cover-up.

The latest row is because a civil servant reviewed the cabinet papers over his release. The review says the last Labour government pushed for his release and the Scottish National Party went along with it.

This has given David Cameron a chance to beat his chest and talk tough on “terrorism”.

But no one among the establishment has any real concern for the victims of the bombing. None want the truth of the Lockerbie bombing revealed.

Meanwhile the best minds in British journalism spout disgusting headlines like “The controversy will only die when Megrahi does.”

The case is an indictment of the cynicism, hypocrisy and deceit of the British and US establishments.

For details of the case go to Lockerbie evidence shows grave miscarriage of justice

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What We Think
Tue 8 Feb 2011, 17:25 GMT
Issue No. 2238
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