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Was it right to release the Lockerbie bomber ?

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Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the former Libyan agent convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, has been released from prison in Scotland and sent home on compassionate grounds.

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.

Should the Lockerbie bomber be released?

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Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the former Libyan agent convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, seems likely to be released from prison and sent home on compassionate grounds.

The 57-year-old, who has terminal prostate cancer, is to be released imminently according to Frank Rubino, an American lawyer who worked on his defence team during his trial.

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