An Open Letter to Kenny MacAskill From Carol A. Weikel

Carol Weikel was a friend of William "JR" Giebler who was on board Pan Am Flight 103. She wrote of her reaction in the following letter to Kenny MacAskill which she requested we publish here. Below is a portion of her letter.

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Dear Mr. MacAskill:

I am a fellow high school classmate of Mr. William "JR" Giebler who was killed when Pam Am Flight 103 was blown out of the sky December 21, 1988 by a terrorist bombing. I am from the United States of America and graduated with a class of 167 high school classmates, William "JR" Giebler, one of the 167 among us. That horrible day that took our friend and classmate will live with us FOREVER.

Your decision to release Megrahi for "compassionate" reasons is beyond my comprehension. You grant "compassionate" release to a man who was convicted of the cold blooded killing of 270 people. Where was his "compassion" when he took part in this horrible act. My friend "JR" and the other 269 people who were murdered that day did not receive any "compassion." They were not allowed to return to their family and friends to "compassionately" die with their family and friends in the comfort of their own countries and homes. They were blown out of the sky and came home to their families in coffins and some remains were never, ever found.

I have read an article that quotes you as saying: "It is a matter of great regret that Mr. Megrahi was received in such an inappropriate manner." "It showed no compassion or sensitivity to the families of the 270 victims of Lockerbie." You showed no "compassion" to the victims and their families when you released Megrahi. ... You have poured salt in the wounds of the dead, re-opened wounds of family and friends that have still not entirely healed from December 21, 1988, and have brought pain and suffering to many, many people.

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Thankfully, we realize all of Scotland and its people are not like you.

Carol A. Weikel