Magrahi’s Release : An objectionable deal ?
The comment storm surrounding the ‘compassionate’ release of one of the men convicted of facilitating the dreadful Lockerbie airliner bombing, is only just starting. At some point, someone will inevitably say that Magrahi’s release was a function of the Scottish justice system and not a political decision. Cobblers of course as the release on compassionate, health or parole grounds involves the Home Secretary. Public interest played a significant part in the arguments affecting decisions to (not) release Moors murderer Myra Hindley on parole, despite the fact that perpetrators of similar crimes are routinely released under the tariffs maintained by our criminal justice system.
No, the arguments will of course surround any possible commercial interests. In these dark economic times, powerful arguments indeed. However, at some point, the moral aspects should hold sway. Did Magrahi do it ? Well, there is an appeals’ process to handle that. Meanwhile, it is difficult to support the government’s approach to the whole situation, especially when there is a hint of Mandelson playing broker behind the scenes.
There is more to come on this story. The Libyans have clearly ignored any private agreement to low-key the former spook’s homecoming. Obama and the entire USA is justifiably annoyed, even disgusted. The world will ask “why?” and then draw its own assumptions. Whatever the next revelation, it has once again pitched Britain’s dwindling reputation lower down the rubbish heap. Nice one, Gordon !
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