There was only one person convicted of the terrorist outrage that killed 270 people in December 1988. A Libyan, Megrahi, was convicted of the crime.
Is it possible that the carnage that day resulted from the actions of only one man? Two individuals were tried but only Megrahi was convicted. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in a Scottish jail where they built a mosque to allow him to worship while he served his sentence. No other prisoners in Scotland have had the benefit of specifically designed places of worship, although freedom of worship is a human right permitted to all prisoners in Scotland.
Megrahi’s life sentence was the punishment that many relatives, particularly of his American victims, believed should mean that the prisoner lived the rest of his life behind bars. It would have meant at least that had he been tried in the USA.
However, Scotland has always prided itself on having a compassionate legal system. As a result of this, when Megrahi was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer he was released from jail in Scotland and allowed to return home to Libya. This, the Justice Secretary Kenny McAskill said, was a decision taken on compassionate grounds as Megrahi would be dead in 3 months.
Mr McAskill’s judgement has been called into question many times. What compassion Megrahi showed to his victims was not clarified by the Justice Secretary or his cabinet colleagues.
However, Megrahi died on 20 May, 2012, almost 3 years after his release from a Scottish jail. Gone, but not forgotten, by the relatives of his 270 victims, nor by Kenny McAskill.