The Lockerbie Bomber Farce
Convicted Lockerbie bomber dies
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence officer who was the only person ever convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, has died at home in Tripoli, nearly three years after he was released from a Scottish prison to the outrage of the relatives of the attack's 270 victims. He was 60.
Do we all have the memory of goldfish? Al-Magrahee was convicted on an unreliable identification by a Maltese shopkeeper and a Libyan CIA informer. He was said to have planted the Pan Am bomb in a suitcase on a flight from Malta to Frankfurt, which went on to London and exploded as it flew over Lockerbie. After a decade of sanctions Ghaddafi handed Al-Magrahee over and he was convicted largely on the hearsay of discredited witnesses and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Which is where he would stay until his conviction was effectively overturned in his second appeal because the conviction was considered a miscarriage of justice in Scotland.
Al-Magrahee was released under the pretext of illness to avoid further scrutiny of what really happened at Lockerbie, his death seals that chapter closed but I'm astounded by how little anyone is hearing that his second appeal effectively cleared him. This was the Scottish justice system righting a legal wrong, who actually planted the bomb and why the CIA covered it up and framed Al-Magrahee may never be known.
An odd end to a weird case