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Kurska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:02 PM
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Lockerbie release could topple SNP government
"Scotlands government faces a fight for its survival as the furore over its decision to free the Lockerbie bomber escalated last night.

Opposition parties north of the Border are preparing to hold a confidence vote over the decision by Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice Secretary, to free Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi. Alex Salmond, the First Minister, has confirmed that he would resign if the Holyrood vote went against him.

The development comes after a weekend of fierce criticism from the United States of the decision on the ground of compassion to return al-Megrahi to Libya, where he was fted as a hero on his return.

Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of the Pentagons Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he was appalled by the freeing of al-Megrahi, echoing the earlier attack by Robert Mueller, the FBI Director, who accused Scotland of making a mockery of the rule of law and giving comfort to terrorists around the world. Threats by Americans to boycott Scottish goods and services on the back of the al-Megrahi decision are being taken seriously by the British Government.


Alistair Darling, the Chancellor, who is standing in for the Prime Minister, has told aides that the prospect of an American boycott was of concern and something that we need to keep an eye on.

Mr Brown has been criticised by David Cameron, the Conservative leader, for refusing to make any statement on al-Megrahi. The Prime Minister had discussed the possible release when he met Muammar Gadaffi, the Libyan leader, at a G8 summit in Italy last month.

Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary, is also facing questions about his interests in al-Megrahis release after it emerged that he had met Saif Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan leader, twice in the past four months.

As al-Megrahi, who is suffering from prostate cancer and has been told he has only three months to live, was being flown home on Friday, Saif Gaddafi apparently told him: You were on the table in all commercial, oil and gas agreements that we supervised in that period. You were on the table in all British interests when it came to Libya.

Al-Megrahi is writing a tell-all autobiography to proclaim his innocence by disclosing new information behind Britains deadliest terrorist attack, The Times has learnt. Abdurrhman Swessi, Colonel Gaddafis official envoy to Scotland, said that the freed bomber was working on a book that would detail his life behind bars and reveal everything he knows about the 1988 Pam Am 103 bombing."

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/scotland/artic...

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Sultana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:40 PM
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1. BIG woopsie
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 05:40 PM by Sultana
Bad, bad move Scotland, now reap what you sow.


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JonQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 06:15 PM
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2. Seriously, why did they release him?
So he'd be dead in a few months, keep him in jail for a few more months then.

Isn't that what a life sentence means?
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