David Blackburn

US double talk on Megrahi

US double talk on Megrahi
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If what the Sunday Times reports is true, then Kenny McAskill deserves an apology.

‘In the letter, sent on August 12 last year to Alex Salmond, the first minister, and justice officials, Richard LeBaron (deputy ambassador in London) wrote that the United States wanted Megrahi to remain imprisoned in view of the nature of the crime.

The note added: “Nevertheless, if Scottish authorities come to the conclusion that Megrahi must be released from Scottish custody, the US position is that conditional release on compassionate grounds would be a far preferable alternative to prisoner transfer, which we strongly oppose.” LeBaron added that freeing the bomber and making him live in Scotland “would mitigate a number of the strong concerns we have expressed with regard to Megrahi’s release”.’

Where does this leave the US Senate’s pious machismo? So much for honouring the victims, this is an affair of pan-global posturing.