20 augusti 2011

Lockerbiemannen hotas av utlämning till USA

BBC skriver idag att den så kallade Lockerbiemannen, Abdelbaset al Megrahi, hotas av utlämning från Libyen till USA den dag rebellerna har störtat Khaddafi-regimen. Och från USA rapporteras att man i så fall kommer att ställa honom inför amerikansk domstol. Om detta skulle bli verklighet är det ingenting annat än ett teaterstycke, därför att alla som i grunden satt sig in i fallet är helt övertygade om att Megrahi är oskyldig till bomben ombord på Pan Ams jumbojet i december 1988. Bomben exploderade på 10 000 meters höjd över skotska Lockerbie och dödade 270 människor.

För min egen del är jag helt övertygad om att det var palestinska PFLP-GC som agerade som ombud för Iran. Det spåret har aldrig utretts ordentligt och i grunden. Istället blev Megrahi Libyens bondeoffer för att slippa undan FNs ytterst omfattande sanktioner mot Libyen.

The Scottish Government says the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has been "vindicated" following two years of scrutiny.

The decision was made on compassionate grounds, and not on economic, political or diplomatic factors, it said.

Megrahi, diagnosed with prostate cancer, was freed from Greenock prison after being given three months to live.

A spokesman said senior figures in the US, British and Scottish jurisdictions have agreed it was taken in good faith.

Families of the 270 people killed in the bombing have criticised the move.

Megrahi was jailed in 2001 for the bombing of a plane over Lockerbie in 1988.

The decision by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to release him on 20 August 2009 sparked international condemnation from some relatives of victims and politicians, including US President Barack Obama - but also attracted high-profile support from figures such as Nelson Mandela.

A spokesman for the First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Two years of extensive scrutiny, under three jurisdictions, vindicates the position that the justice secretary released al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds and compassionate grounds alone.

"Regardless of people's views, they can have complete confidence that it was taken on the basis of Scots law, and without any consideration of the economic, political and diplomatic factors that the then UK government based its position on.

"Whether people support or oppose the decision, it was made following the due process of Scots law, we stand by it, and al-Megrahi is dying of terminal prostate cancer."

A leading cancer specialist had said that it was likely the convicted bomber was being kept alive by pills not available in the UK.

“He is under threat because the rebels have promised to hand him over to the Americans apparently ” Prof Kirby, of The Prostate Centre in London, said he believed Megrahi was "almost certainly" being kept alive by a hormone-based therapy called abiraterone.

Meanwhile, the author helping Megrahi write his memoirs has told BBC Scotland that the convicted bomber wants the public to "know the truth" about the case.

Speaking ahead of the second anniversary of his release, British journalist John Ashton, who worked as a researcher alongside Megrahi's legal team, said the Libyan wanted evidence which would have been heard during his appeal to finally be made public.

Mr Ashton said: "His dream was always to overturn his conviction and to achieve freedom through that.

"When he made the decision to go home and abandon his appeal he called me in and said that he wanted me to write a book because he wanted the public to the know the truth.

"He wanted them to know the evidence that would have been heard during the appeal."

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi Megrahi was recently seen on Libyan television attending a gathering in Tripoli

The author also echoed concerns raised by others that Megrahi may be attacked by or handed over to US forces in Libya.

He added: "If we are to believe what we read then yes he is under threat because the rebels have promised to hand him over to the Americans, apparently, and the Americans have said they are going to take him back to America and try him there, which is ridiculous and illegal."

Relatives of victims of the Lockerbie bombing are still looking for clarity and answers.

Pamela Dix, whose brother Peter was killed in the bombing, said: "It's extremely frustrating that we're here, still talking about this.

"The fact that it's now years later means that the decision was probably made on a spurious basis.

"I'm sure Kenny MacAskill made it in good faith, but why are we having this discussion now? It's just another thing that remains unsolved."

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