James Forsyth

The government contradicts itself on Megrahi

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David Miliband on the Today Programme on September 2nd:

“We did not want him [Megrahi] to die in prison.”

Ed Balls on the Today Programme on September 7th:

“None of us wanted to see the release of al-Megrahi”

Considering that Megrahi was sentenced to life imprison for his role in the Lockerbie bombing, I cannot see how both of these statements of the government’s view can be correct. If the government did not want him to die in prison, it wanted him to be released.