Skip to comments.Scottish minister defends Lockerbie bomber release (doesn't regret action taken in 'good faith')
Posted on 07/21/2010 10:29:58 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
LONDON (AFP) Scottish ministers on Wednesday defended their decision to free the Lockerbie bomber after renewed US anger over the release threatened to spoil the new British premier's first visit to the White House.
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said he did not regret freeing Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds last August.
And Salmon denied claims from US lawmakers that the release formed part of an oil deal between BP and resource-rich Libya.
"If you take a decision in good faith, you don't regret it," Salmond, the leader of Scotland's devolved government, told BBC radio.
He added: "As far as the Scottish government is concerned we had no contact with BP, either written or verbal, as far as the process of compassionate release was concerned."
The decision to free prostate cancer sufferer Megrahi, the only person convicted of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, caused outrage in the United States, where most of the 270 victims were from.
Many of the bereaved families condemned the move, FBI chief Robert Mueller said it gave "comfort to terrorists around the world", and an online campaign was launched for a boycott of Scottish goods.
The anger has now been renewed by claims by US senators that BP -- already under fire over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill -- lobbied for Megrahi's release to safeguard a 2007 oil exploration deal with Libya worth 900 million dollars.
The row threatened to overshadow British Prime Minister David Cameron's first official visit to the White House Tuesday, but during talks with US President Barack Obama the two leaders sought to play down any differences.
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is it any wonder Islamic terrorists laugh at the West?
Buy Irish Whiskey!
The British Isles are so forgone. They will be all but completely islamic within a few generations. Sad end to a once mighty empire...
What language is that?
Me either but the hell with Scotland and BP! I wish there was some way to impose sanctions on Scotland and drive their economy over the edge. They deserve it for this!
Palinese we make up words as we go along. Did you have a problem with Refudiate?
Very charitable by those who have been, perhaps, deceived.
Don't be too harsh - remember that (with good reason) many Scots feel he was innocent (of this crime at least).
The theory - with some interesting evidence, helped by visible flaws in the prosecution evidence - is that Iran (and possibly Syria masterminded the bombing) but that the realpoltik necessities then prevented America from sheeting home the blame to the appropriate quarter.
That said, this is one of those cases where no one cares that much because he's probably gulty of something even if it isn't this...
The ruins of once-Great Britain..
The good Scots took Dr Johnsons dictum to heart and the socialists stayed at home. It is now run by the Socialists and the Nationalists.
Good Faith = Good Intentions.
Isn’t that what the road to hell is paved with?
Nothing should be regretted if the decision was made “in good faith”?
Well Mr. and Mrs. Smart took a transient into their home “in good faith”. Should they not regret their actions and, perhaps, learn from them?
Should Nigerian e-mails be opened and their instructions followed “in good faith”?
What a loony tune wanker.
Sadly, we don't do that anymore, not only do murderers not get executed, they get released from prison when they're 'too ill' to stay locked up.... Thank you 1960s... You are the stupid, wishy-washy, liberal hippy gift that keeps on giving (or rather taking)...
Murderers are released on “good faith” while innocent Scottish children are butchered before and after birth or taken away from their families for money.
Leftists are demons ruling this world. They are NOT people. I wish there was a way to eliminate every last one of them.
James Bond where are you?
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