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Willow
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009, 10:28 PM
FBI director Robert Mueller has launched a scathing attack on Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill over the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

In a letter, dated 21 August, Mr Mueller said the decision makes "a mockery of justice" and gives comfort to terrorists around the world.

Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has received a hero's welcome in Libya.

The Scottish Government said it had consulted widely in the US and UK and had made the right decision.

Mr Mueller was previously a Justice Department lawyer leading the investigation into the 1988 bombing.

The director's letter is also being sent to families of the Lockerbie victims.

Mr Mueller wrote: "Your action in releasing Megrahi is as inexplicable as it is detrimental to the cause of justice. Indeed your action makes a mockery of the rule of law.

"Your action gives comfort to terrorists around the world who now believe that regardless of the quality of the investigation, the conviction by jury after the defendant is given all due process, and sentence appropriate to the crime, the terrorist will be freed by one man's exercise of 'compassion'."

Mr Mueller said that he had made it a practice not to comment on the actions of other prosecutors, but that the release of terminally ill Megrahi had prompted a change of heart.

He added: "Your action makes a mockery of the emotions, passions and pathos of all those affected by the Lockerbie tragedy: the medical personnel who first faced the horror of 270 bodies strewn in the fields around Lockerbie, and in the town of Lockerbie itself; the hundreds of volunteers who walked the fields of Lockerbie to retrieve any piece of debris related to the break-up of the plane; the hundreds of FBI agents and Scottish police who undertook an unprecedented global investigation to identify those responsible; the prosecutors who worked for years - in some cases a full career - to see justice done."

The FBI director said he was outraged by the move, and criticised the MSP for failing to consult "partners in the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the Lockerbie tragedy".


He wrote: "You have given those who sought to assure that the persons responsible would be held accountable the back of your hand. You have given Megrahi a 'jubilant welcome' in Tripoli, according to the reporting. Where, I ask, is the justice?"

A Scottish Government spokesman said the minister had made the right decision for the "right reasons" on the basis of due process, clear evidence, and recommendations from the parole board and prison governor.

He said: "Compassionate release is not part of the US justice system but it is part of Scotland's.

"Mr MacAskill could not have consulted more widely - he spoke with the US families, the US Attorney General, Secretary of State Clinton and many others.

"The US authorities indicated that although they were opposed to both prisoner transfer and compassionate release, they made it clear that they regarded compassionate release as far preferable to the transfer agreement, and Mr Mueller should be aware of that."

The spokesman said that Mr Mueller should also be aware that while many families have opposed Mr MacAskill's decision many others have supported it.

He added that the justice secretary would reply to Mr Mueller in due course.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/scotland/8216122.stm

Oski
Saturday, August 22nd, 2009, 11:49 PM
Well the USA could just assassinate him, problem solved.

beowulf wodenson
Friday, August 28th, 2009, 09:03 PM
Not a glorious day in Scottish history to let that murdering bastard go free. He was worthy of no 'compassion'. But, it was up to the Scots to decide. :|

Astrid Runa
Friday, September 11th, 2009, 11:44 AM
Not a glorious day in Scottish history to let that murdering bastard go free. He was worthy of no 'compassion'. But, it was up to the Scots to decide. :|

Aye, we decided it because it was our Law.
If we'd let him die in prison, we would be breaking our own Law, and that would just be stupid, wouldn't it?
While I don't support what that man did and believe that what he did was evil and sick, I feel the need to stand up for my country's decision, alright?
All I ask is that people don't condemn my country for our decision to release him because we were only doing what our law states and released him on compassionate grounds.
I am officially sick of hearing people call the Scottish government stupid.
Maybe you should read less of your biased newspapers.

Kogen
Friday, September 11th, 2009, 12:23 PM
How is applying the laws of treason respectable?

The Liberals in the Scottish government who did this deserve execution.

RoyBatty
Saturday, September 12th, 2009, 06:19 PM
The whole episode is bizarre. There are many people (not necessarily liberals / treehuggers) who are of the opinion that the wrong man got convicted. The case was a bit of a shambles from the beginning and there's a real possibility that if the case had gone to appeal that the original verdict would have been thrown out.... the result, more egg on the Scottish justice system.

As part of the release deal (of course this is not exactly spelt out by the govt) the accused was probably instructed (nudge nudge wink wink) to drop the appeal.

Another thing to keep in mind is that money talks and BS runs a marathon. There are major players in the UK (in other words Big Business and Govt both in Scotland and Westminster) who are keen to do deals in Libya. This was one hurdle which, once overcome, would enable them to do so. It's realpolitik guys, everybody practices it.

Lastly, the US and its numerous Agencies are the last mob on earth to lecture the UK or anybody else on "law", "justice", "human rights", "terrorism" and so forth. They have a very unenviable "human rights" track record. They have an even less enviable track record in turning a blind eye to IRA fundraising and activities in the US. They turned a blind eye to ANC fundraising and activities in the US. They turned a blind eye to KLA fundraising and gunrunning in and from the US. No doubt they did the same with many other terrorist organisations.

The FBI, Obama and all the other whining Yank hypocrites can eat our shorts. :tired2:

beowulf wodenson
Thursday, September 17th, 2009, 08:57 PM
The whole episode is bizarre. There are many people (not necessarily liberals / treehuggers) who are of the opinion that the wrong man got convicted. The case was a bit of a shambles from the beginning and there's a real possibility that if the case had gone to appeal that the original verdict would have been thrown out.... the result, more egg on the Scottish justice system.

As part of the release deal (of course this is not exactly spelt out by the govt) the accused was probably instructed (nudge nudge wink wink) to drop the appeal.

Another thing to keep in mind is that money talks and BS runs a marathon. There are major players in the UK (in other words Big Business and Govt both in Scotland and Westminster) who are keen to do deals in Libya. This was one hurdle which, once overcome, would enable them to do so. It's realpolitik guys, everybody practices it.

Lastly, the US and its numerous Agencies are the last mob on earth to lecture the UK or anybody else on "law", "justice", "human rights", "terrorism" and so forth. They have a very unenviable "human rights" track record. They have an even less enviable track record in turning a blind eye to IRA fundraising and activities in the US. They turned a blind eye to ANC fundraising and activities in the US. They turned a blind eye to KLA fundraising and gunrunning in and from the US. No doubt they did the same with many other terrorist organisations.

The FBI, Obama and all the other whining Yank hypocrites can eat our shorts. :tired2:

Quite. The commissar and all other federal State hypocrites can eat this Southron's shorts as well, for a Yank I ain't!

RoyBatty
Saturday, September 19th, 2009, 01:01 AM
Indeed! Southerners rule! :thumbup