Release of Dying Lockerbie Bomber Causes Anger, Conspiracy Theories

August 15, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Al-Megrahi, the Libyan agent convicted of the bombing of the 1988 Pam Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing everyone on board, is terminally ill and due to be released by Scottish authorities, amid outcries from the victims’ families, accusing the government of a cover-up. In return for dropping his appeal of his 2001 conviction, authorities are allowing him to return to Libya to die with his family.

Families of victims in the United States are outraged by Al-Megrahi’s planned release, calling for the bomber to die in jail. Of the 270 total victims, 180 were Americans. The explosion of the Pam Am Flight, took the lives of 243 passengers, 16 crewmembers and 11 people on the ground in Lockerbie, Scotland.

The victims’ families in Britain, are not only angry about Al-Megrahi’s release, but feel they are being deprived of a chance to discover the true story behind the bombing that killed their loved ones, with the dropping of the appeal.

According to the Guardian newspaper, relatives of the victims and Scottish National party MSP Christine Grahame, have been demanding a public independent investigation into the bombing. They believe there has been a government cover-up at work to hide the truth about the bombing.

“There are a number of vested interests who have been deeply opposed to this appeal because they know it would go a considerable way towards exposing the truth behind Lockerbie,” said Grahame to the London Times.

Grahame is spearheading a group who believes that either the countries of Syria or Iran were responsible for murdering their loves ones. They question the ability of a lone man to carry out such a sophisticated crime. They also point to the fact that Al-Megrahi has always insisted that he was framed. Other family members claim that the CIA is hiding evidence from the families.

However, after Al-Megrahi’s conviction, and years of sanctions imposed on the country, Libya acknowledged responsibility for the terrorist act and offered to pay $10 million in damages for each of the 270 victims, although to this day the country has not fully paid the victims.

With the appeal dropped and Al-Megrahi near death, the mystery behind the bombing of Pam Am Flight 103, will remain unresolved to become fodder for conspiracy theories and leave British families wondering.



2 Responses to “Release of Dying Lockerbie Bomber Causes Anger, Conspiracy Theories”

  1. Twitted by paranormalguru on August 15th, 2009 1:51 pm

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  2. Chris on August 22nd, 2009 2:59 pm

    It seems pretty obvious that compassion isn’t the only motive for the release. If it were, why not just release every terminally sick prisoner in the country. I’m sure we would never release Bernie Madoff if he became terminally ill, and I’m sure there are people who have only killed one person who don’t receive that kind of mercy.

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