- Megrahi released….
I'm not entirely sure, there was a lot of pressure to convict someone.
Indeed there was, however the trial was held under intense media scrutiny in another country and by three of Scotlands senior judges. Other than an impression that he's a scapegoat I haven't heard anyone really dispute the evidence that convicted him. His appeal also found the same.
I don't think he was the only one involved, but I don't think there is any doubt he deserved to be convicted and – given the seriousness of the offence – that he should never have been released.Posted 8 years agonickcSubscriber
Other than an impression that he's a scapegoat I haven't heard anyone really dispute the evidence that convicted him
Dr Hans Köchler, one of the UN observers at the trial, expressed serious doubts about the fairness of the proceedings and spoke of a "spectacular miscarriage of justice".
There you go…Posted 8 years agoBen_mwSubscriber
Wish I could remember the details, but the Eye did a special on his case a while ago (maybe around the time of his first appeal?) and after reading it I did wonder how on earth he'd been found guilty.
Ransos – presumably that is not a quote from Paul Foot. If it is, my memory is much worse than i thought as i thought he wrote the Eye's report?
Edit – Coming out of Dunce mode – "The flight from justice" was the private eye report. Sheesh.Posted 8 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Nope, it was an angry american getting carried away. I'd said "his sentence was for 27 years, but not to die in prison" and this was the response. Class. No doubt he thought the NHS wasn't treating his cancer because he's not important enough, or something, since we're all reds.Posted 8 years agofishaMember
Personally, I think its a shocker he's walked away from serving his sentence.
However, there is a part of me that wonders whether the whole thing was set from the start to have a martyr for the guilt aspect of it, and that a deal was done back in Jan 2001 (… or even prior to that ) that they would get out at after a certain time.
Trouble being that the twin towers attack came shortly after conviction and that keeps such airplane attacks fresh in the mind.Posted 8 years ago
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