Lockerbie Bomber Suddenly Drops Petition For Appeal

August 14, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the man convicted of involvement in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing which claimed the lives of 270 people, has reportedly dropped his request for an appeal on his case.

The sudden drop of his second appeal for release has come at a time when his release on compassionate grounds has been brought up before the High Court.

Megrahi is said to be critically ill, and his family in Britain is hoping that he will be set free due to his physical state, while Libyan officials are petitioning for him to be sent back to Libya, as was requested during the original trial.

But U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, has criticized the possible release, asking that Megrahi be forced to remain in prison to finish out his life sentence.

The case of the Lockerbie Bombing has been a controversial one from the beginning, with Megrahi maintaining his innocence throughout. Some believe that his sudden retraction of his most recent appeal was due to governmental pressure, though Scottish officials have denied this claim.

“I know from the lengthy discussions I had with him that he was desperate to clear his name, so I believe that the decision is not entirely his own,” South of Scotland SNP MSP Christine Grahame told the BBC.

“There are a number of vested interests who have been deeply opposed to this appeal continuing as they know it would go a considerable way towards exposing the truth behind Lockerbie. Some serious scrutiny will be required to determine exactly why Mr Megrahi is now dropping his appeal and examination of what pressure he has come under.”


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