Lockerbie bomber disappears from hospital

posted at 10:12 am on December 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

When Scotland released Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi, the man in prison for the murder of over 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, they claimed he was just weeks away from dying and that his release showed the West’s “compassionate” values.  The government promised to keep close tabs on Megrahi, a task that fell to the East Renfrewshire Council, which claimed that they could keep track of Megrahi and that the terrorist would never leave the Tripoli hospital.

Guess who’s on walkabout today?

Mystery surrounded the Lockerbie bomber last night after he could not be reached at his home or in hospital.

Libyan officials could say nothing about the whereabouts of Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi, and his Scottish monitors could not contact him by telephone. They will try again to speak to him today but if they fail to reach him, the Scottish government could face a new crisis.

Under the terms of his release from jail, the bomber cannot change his address or leave Tripoli, and must keep in regular communication with East Renfrewshire Council.

Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic and relatives of the 270 people who died in the 1988 bombing expressed anger about al-Megrahi’s disappearance. Richard Baker, Labour’s justice spokesman in the Scottish Parliament, said the whole affair was turning into a shambles and putting Scotland’s reputation at risk. “This flags up just how ludicrous it is that East Renfrewshire Council, a local council thousands of miles away from Libya, is responsible for supervising al-Megrahi’s conditions of licence,” he said.

How has the East Renfrewshire Council kept tabs on Megrahi?  They have called every other Tuesday to make sure he’s in Tripoli, a schedule that Megrahi easily used.  The Times of London decided to do its own checking and called the hospital itself over the weekend.  They were told that Megrahi had checked out some time ago.  When the Times attempted to call Megrahi at home, they were told he was gone.  The council then attempted to call yesterday, on a Tuesday when Megrahi would not be expecting a call, and couldn’t reach him.

Who in their right mind would call that a security protocol?  Scotland apparently didn’t demand any observers in Libya, a situation that will once again call into question the UK’s motives in releasing Megrahi.  They wanted the oil contracts with Libya so badly that they apparently sold out the victims of Pan Am 103 and Lockerbie to get them.  The “oversight” promised by the UK on Megrahi has been exposed as a sham by the Times.

So where is Megrahi?  He may have gone somewhere else to die quietly.  However, it’s a lot more likely that he’s gone somewhere else to laugh at the credulity of the West in setting free one of the worst terrorists we managed to capture.  (via Sweetness & Light)

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Probably gone somewhere to prepare for his last mission…..a suicide bombing in L.A…..

theaddora on December 16, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Really, if he’s really dying of cancer it is his last chance at virgins for eternity.
Scotland was just helping a brother out.

ORconservative on December 16, 2009 at 1:31 PM

I’m mostly against the death penalty, but it sure seems like a more effective deterrant than letting a mass murderer ‘check in’ every couple of weeks.
BadgerHawk on December 16, 2009 at 10:22 AM

“More effective?” – Good grief – It is the only perfect deterrent. What is the rationale for this guy being alive? Where’s the compassion for all those families? Where’s the compassion for future victims and families?

Go get him – put him in front of a firing squad – notify the world that the bullets are soaked in pigs blood – and execute the mass murderer. Then announce that any person who becomes a suicide bomber will have pigs blood poured on their remains – and anyone involved with the plot will get the pig blood bullets.

Guess what – I bet a whole lot of would be mass murderers would become “reformed” – and a whole lot of innocent people will live out there years – instead of being destroyed by Muslim neanderthals.

Oopsdaisy on December 16, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Oopsdaisy on December 16, 2009 at 1:46 PM

The Scots of earlier times have probably all turned over in their graves by now! What has happened to what used to be a resolute and sensible people?

jeanie on December 16, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Now, they are saying they spoke to him at his house in Tripoli. They found him.

Whew! i feel so much better.
What a joke.

ORconservative on December 16, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Has anyone got the claim on the movie rights?

A current-day remake of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in Libya seems about the style and model that Hollywood would approve of… I can see the backyard trampoline bit now as the terrorist/murderer tries to get home before the weekly Tuesday call.

gekkobear on December 16, 2009 at 3:23 PM

What’s the world coming to when you can’t even trust a mass-murdering terrorist to be available by phone on schedule?

DrAllecon on December 16, 2009 at 3:27 PM

No deals with terrorists. Ever.

Tantor on December 16, 2009 at 3:52 PM

I wonder if some Gov’t or Politician(s) wasn’t / weren’t blackmailed to release the scumbag.

India has been know to make deals with airplane highjacking terrorists. Where automobiles are delivered with released prisoners to flee under the umbrella of hostages.

Well, when Obama invited Terrorists to be tried like shop lifters in NYC I hope he didn’t invite danger to NYC. In other words I hope NYC is safe during the trials and that Americans wouldn’t take any casualities. These terrorists are out to get us yet.

father on December 16, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Scotland is reprehensible. Specifically ANY citizen of Scotland who supported this loony-tunes agreement is reprehensible. In more pedantic terms, they SUCK!

Sherman1864 on December 16, 2009 at 7:08 PM

I’m pretty sure he would be covered under Obamacare…

Nozzle on December 16, 2009 at 8:24 PM

Megrahi got off Scot-free.

Thanks idiots in Scotland.

profitsbeard on December 16, 2009 at 11:47 PM

I’m pretty sure he would be covered under Obamacare…

Nozzle on December 16, 2009 at 8:24 PM


voxpopuli on December 17, 2009 at 11:38 AM