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Originally posted by MarshMallow_Snake
reply to post by Ulala
Seriously? I had a distant cousin on that flight who died...so, you are saying that we should just let this guy go because he has cancer? Who cares? He killed all those people...he should never see the light of day again.
Originally posted by jerico65
Originally posted by phoenix103
The UK isn't barbaric so we do not execute people.
You ought to give it a try sometime.
It's quite liberating.
PRISONERS at the cancer-stricken Lockerbie bomber's jail are praying he doesn't die - so they don't lose their satellite TV.
The Libyan government pays for Setanta and Sky to be piped into Greenock prison so Abdelbaset al-Megrahi can watch Arabic telly.
But the lags fear Colonel Gaddafi will pull the plug if Megrahi dies.
A jail insider told the Record: "The cons are really worried. They've had it so good for the last three years that they're saying, 'For God's sake don't let him die.' "
They are hoping Megrahi makes a miracle recovery and have bombarded him with get well soon messages. "I wouldn't be surprised if they start holding candlelit vigils.
The satellite TV is so important to them - it gives them something to look forward to." Gaddafi forked out s1500 to have satellite telly fitted at the jail when Megrahi was moved there from Barlinnie three years ago. He also provided cash for the channel subscription fees.
Lord Mandelson faces the prospect of a sleaze investigation after he met Colonel Gaddafi's son days before it emerged that the Lockerbie bomber was to be freed.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who is seen as the Libyan dictator's most likely successor, was also a guest of billionaire financiers Jacob and Nat Rothschild at their Corfu villa where the Business Secretary stayed a week.
A spokesman for Lord Mandelson confirmed he and Mr Gaddafi discussed the case of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who is expected to be sent home by the end of the week.
Officials in Scotland, where the final decision will be made, admitted there had been 'contact' with ministers and officials in London.
Lord Mandelson's spokesman said: 'Peter met Gaddafi's son in Corfu. Their stay coincided for one night. It was a fleeting conversation - two or three sentences.
Lord Mandelson met Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son at a Corfu villa only a week before the announcement that the perpetrator of the Lockerbie bombing could be released from prison, it was revealed today.
Mandelson came under fire following his stay at the Greek property of the Rothschild family in Corfu, where he was invited as part of a wider annual gathering of influential people, according to the Financial Times.
Mandelson's spokesman told the FT that the business secretary and Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, widely seen as the Libyan leader's most likely successor, spoke briefly a fortnight ago during their stay at the Greek property of the Rothschild family and confirmed that they did discuss Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
Lord Mandelson robustly defended his chance meeting with Colonel Muammer Gaddafi's son at a Greek villa, saying yesterday that it was part of his job to meet foreign businessmen and politicians.
The "coincidental" brief encounter came just days before news broke that the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, might soon be released.
However, Lord Mandelson has pointed out that the decision is solely that of the devolved Edinburgh administration rather than that of London.
The business secretary, who is also de facto deputy prime minister, said through his spokesman that it was "entirely right and appropriate" that he should meet Mr Gaddafi, given the desire for closer trade and investment links between the two countries.
US officials have said the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing should serve out his sentence following reports that he could be released.
The BBC understands Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who has terminal cancer, is likely to be freed next week.
A US official told the BBC that they had no information that he was set be released on compassionate grounds.
However, he added that the American position remained that Megrahi should complete his jail term in Scotland.
The Times reported that Libyan leader Muamma Gaddafi was to send his private jet to collect Megrahi and take him home.
The decision comes amid thawing relations between Libya and Britain, which were arch-enemies in the 1980s and 1990s.
Libya has the largest proven oil reserves of any country in Africa, much of it still untapped, and British firms including BP and Shell have signed major exploration deals in the country in recent years.
Originally posted by MightyAl
reply to post by AlwaysQuestion
Read my long article above...
I also don't believe that the Lockerbie bomber is terminally ill. It's all a setup to make the people half way support his release because they believe he's a poor sick man who just wants to die in peace...peace to him, and what about the 280 victims?
Is his illness the best excuse THEY could come up with?
Originally posted by roadgravel
Originally posted by Majestic23
I am almost at the point of thinking Uk and America will go to war against each other. Why do they keep trying to annoy us and stir us up? If it wasnt enough that (we are talking in uninitiated terms) they got us caught up in a dumbass multi-front war and put us in the firing line for terrorist attacks..................
You didn't mind out involvement back then..
Is that why the US is not interested? Because the oil is being tapped by British firms?
Originally posted by Ulala
No further purpose is served by keeping a dying man in jail.
Mr al-Megrahi did not show his victims any comfort or compassion. They were not allowed to return to the bosom of their families to see out their lives, let alone their dying days. No compassion was shown by him to them. But that alone is not a reason for us to deny compassion to him and his family in his final days. Our justice system demands that judgement be imposed, but compassion be available.
Compassion and mercy are about upholding the beliefs the we seek to live by, remaining true to our values as a people - no matter the severity of the provocation or the atrocity perpetrated.
Originally posted by john124
You're no better than the terrorist if you would enjoy seeing him executed. If he escaped or say resisted arrest then shoot him like he's the taliban, but if in captivity a civilised society should ensure he has the minimum to survive within reason during his prison sentence.
Originally posted by vonspurter
The guy was a 'soldier' for want of a better word. Conscripted and ordered to carry out his duty.
Should a US Marine sniper be jailed for murder for taking out a Taliban terrorist?
Essentially the same thing - it's our religion and lifestyle which is different.
I don't sympathise with the bastard - just pointing out the basic truth in the matter.
Originally posted by redhead57
Oh, and please don't give me the "you don't understand" line. I have had 2 close relatives murdered and was vehemently opposed to seeking the death penalty. One murder does not take the pain away from another.