Lockerbie bomber spotted at pro-Qaddafi rally

posted at 6:25 pm on July 27, 2011 by Tina Korbe

When the Libyan intelligence agent convicted of the 1988 deadly bombing of Pan Am flight 103 was freed from a Scottish jail in 2009, he supposedly had just 90 days to live, thanks to advanced prostate cancer. In fact, that medical prognosis formed the basis for his release “on compassionate grounds.” But, yesterday, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi — the man a Scottish court of law found responsible for the deaths of 270 people — put in an appearance at a pro-Qaddafi rally, outraging the British government and reviving the debate of whether he should have been released in the first place.

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, who returned to a hero’s welcome in Libya in 2009 after being released from a Scottish jail after being diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, appeared on Libyan state television wearing traditional local garb while sitting in a wheelchair at a tribal meeting in Tripoli. …

While announcing that Britian would officially recognize Libya’s opposition governing council on Wednesday, [British Foreign Secretary William] Hague reiterated the current British government’s fury over the freeing of Al-Megrahi after he was pictured at the rally. Hague scathingly described the medical advice that led to the 59-year-old’s release on compassionate grounds as “pretty worthless.”

“The appearance of Mr. al-Megrahi on our television screens is a further reminder that a great mistake was made when he was released,” Hague said. “This was absolutely the wrong thing to do.”

As some have pointed out, footage of the Lockerbie bomber was highly unlikely to have just randomly ended up on Libyan television. Hague clearly interpreted it as a provocation.

Questions have surrounded al-Megrahi’s conviction and release from the very beginning — so much so, in fact, that at least one analyst predicted a possible “miraculous recovery” back in 2009. Writing for “Foreign Policy,” Michael Wilkerson explained that al-Megrahi withdrew his second appeal so as to be released on medical grounds — but that appeal supposedly had a chance of succeeding. Wilkerson suggested Scotland might actually have released al-Megrahi to avoid a renewed discussion of his conviction — and to free the U.K. to protect its commercial contracts with Libya, unencumbered by a high-profile Libyan prisoner with an unsafe conviction (all using “respect for devolved powers” as the excuse to be both outraged at the release and accepting of it). Wilkerson wrapped his analysis of the reasons for al-Megrahi’s release with this intriguing paragraph:

To be clear, it is unlikely officials could fake the cancer diagnosis and Al-Megrahi does not look very well in the photos of his departure from Scotland. But well, who knows? Maybe he’ll make a miraculous recovery at home in Libya.

The evident inaccuracy of the medical advice that led to al-Megrahi’s release makes Wilkerson’s suggestions seems all the more plausible. That, to me, is both the fine and frustrating element of foreign policy: It all seems so calculated, a delicate weighing of so many varied interests. Gray creeps in where only black and white ought to be.

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How come the U.S. doesn’t spot this dude and makes him into glass?

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Couldn’t possibly be al-Megrahi. He died of terminal cancer a couple years ago. /

coldwarrior on July 27, 2011 at 6:31 PM

The age of men is over, the time of the Dhimmi has arrived.

Bishop on July 27, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Let’s give “Seal Team Six” a chaser to follow up on getting Bin Laden. This time, capture him and take him back to Scotland. I’m sure they’d welcome him back.

KillerKane on July 27, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Cia. Dart. Neck. No more problem.

Tim Zank on July 27, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Iran commander could lead OPEC.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Chelley Obama on Osama execution

On explaining the mission to her children:

MICHELLE OBAMA: “I think kids instinctively feel that ambivalence—is this good or is this bad? And then you have to explain in a way that says it’s not good, but it’s good. The older kids, I think, get it. It’s a convoluted set of concepts. But I think they understand, when it’s placed in context.”

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Days not weeks….

Oil Can on July 27, 2011 at 6:41 PM

another reminder of why obama is such a D*CK. Letting this f****r go. Maddening.

sbvft contributor on July 27, 2011 at 6:43 PM

I hope they’re keeping him alive to spite us and every minute above ground for him is an excruciating eternity of pain in the process.

hawkdriver on July 27, 2011 at 6:48 PM

Well I guess this rop type murderer went to cuba as did the slug from venezuela did to get the cancer cure? For those who lost loved ones what this below slug slime did, MY heart aches for you. ONE will have the final judgment on him.

letget on July 27, 2011 at 6:49 PM

And what does the great barackhussein have to say about this “unexpected” longevity? Perhaps Libya has better “healthcare” than we do?/

clnurnberg on July 27, 2011 at 6:55 PM

We do have planes/drones over there, right?

Light that pos up.

Aquateen Hungerforce on July 27, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Thats 90 day in NHS (National Health Service) Years

Gwillie on July 27, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Did anybody see Obama’s homies Jemeriah Wright and Louis Farrakhan? It wouldn’t be the first time they went to Libya to support Qaddafi.

Sir Galahad the Pure on July 27, 2011 at 8:33 PM

So, go get him! He doesn’t look too difficult to catch.

bridgetown on July 27, 2011 at 8:41 PM

By all means, one bomb for this mass murderer please!

AshleyTKing on July 27, 2011 at 9:04 PM

NOW they’re outraged.

Some of us were outraged then.

Okay, AND now.

Bob's Kid on July 27, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Not sure, but when the history is written, it may have been the Megrahi disgrace that led to a US decision to end Ghaddafi at the next opportunity … and the opportunity arrived. Britain also needs to regain something back from that humiliating episode.

virgo on July 28, 2011 at 12:03 AM

Cameron may very well look about him soon and see he is but a few who still stand with the Obama administration and their rep within their midst, Anita Dunn. All roads lead to Brussels.

FeFe on July 28, 2011 at 1:19 PM

bridgetown: So, go get him! He doesn’t look too difficult to catch.

US President Barack Obama had made a secret deal with Libyan rebel leaders to capture the freed Lockerbie bomber from Libya and return him to face justice in the US, the Mail on Sunday reported

btw: Have the hagfish finished off UBL?

Terp Mole on July 28, 2011 at 1:35 PM