…five months after the British told us he would be dead. FYI, Barack Obama agreed to the release of this Muslim terrorist who killed 190 Americans on that Pan Am flight that was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland.
The freed Lockerbie bomber will today celebrate his birthday in a Libyan mansion – almost eight months after the ‘dying’ man was released from prison.
Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi is said to have made a ‘remarkable recovery’ after being allowed to return home from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds last yearDoctors said former secret service agent Megrahi had only three months to live when he was freed by the Scottish authorities in August – however he has already survived almost five months longer than expected.
The Libyan recently refused to allow his medical records to be made public, fuelling claims that he may have exaggerated his illness.
Members of the ruling Gaddafi family were said to be ‘certain to send their best wishes’ to Al-Megrahi. Megrahi was handed a minimum term of 27 years in jail for the attack – but served less than seven-and-a-half years of his sentence.
Even a low-key celebration is likely to infuriate relatives of the 270 people killed when Al-Megrahi helped blow up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie on December 21, 1988. Susan Cohen, who lost her 20-year-old daughter Theodora in the atrocity, last night voiced her anger at the birthday celebrations. Mrs Cohen, from New Jersey, said: ‘Megrahi should be marking his birthday – and all his birthdays – in prison. It’s appalling that such an act of terrorism should end up with this man celebrating his birthday in a mansion. UK DAILY MAIL
UK Ministers have been slammed for secretly arranging a prisoner transfer agreement to send the Lockerbie bomber back to Libya.
A senior group of MPs criticised the manner by which the government concealed the way they caved in to Colonel Gaddafi’s regime.
In a hard-hitting report the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee detailed how Justice Secretary Jack Straw gave in to the Libyan dictator in order to secure lucrative oil contracts for British energy giant BP. Labour had originally refused to include the bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi in a prisoner exchange deal signed with Libya in 2007. But when the Libyans threatened to pull the plug on the multi-million pound oil deal, Mr Straw gave in.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband told the MPs that the so-called terrorist for trade deal was necessary because if negotiations with Libya had ended ‘this would have set back our wider national and commercial interests’. The Scottish Affairs Committee revealed that the deal was so secret that the government in London did not even tell the Scottish Executive, who were holding Megrahi in jail at the time, before it was signed.
The bomber was released in controversial circumstances last August on compassionate grounds after doctors said that he had only three months to live with terminal prostate cancer.
But seven months later, Megrahi is still alive and there have been regular reports that his health has improved, to the fury of the families of the 270 who died when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded. UK DAILY MAIL