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Was it right to release the Lockerbie bomber ?
The 57-year-old, who has terminal prostate cancer was sentenced to life under Scottish law for blowing up a Pan Am airliner over the town of Lockerbie in Scotland as it flew to New York in December 1988. All 259 passengers and crew and 11 people on the ground were killed.
Libyan authorities repeatedly lobbied for Megrahi’s release and have accepted responsibility for the bombing, agreeing to pay around 1.6 billion pounds to the families of victims.
Families of the victims are split over the bomber’s release from his Scottish jail cell. Relatives of some of the British victims said they had never been convinced of Megrahi’s guilt and welcomed the reports of his release. Others, especially the American relatives, take a harder line.
What do you think? Is it right that al-Megrahi should be on his way home, or should he remain in prison despite his terminal illness?