Call for Action

On December 21, 1988, Pam Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, murdering all 259 people on the plane and 11 citizens in Lockerbie. All of these victims were innocents. As the Lord Advocate of Scotland, Colin Boyd, later summarized: “400 parents lost a son or a daughter, 46 parents lost their only child, 65 women were widowed, 11 men lost their wives, 140 children lost a parent, and 7 children lost both parents.”

After an exhaustive investigation by U.S. and Scottish authorities, Libyan agent Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi was convicted. He appealed this conviction but it stood. It still stands, even though Scottish Minister of Justice Kenny MacAskill released al-Megrahi on August 20th, 2009 on “compassionate grounds” based on the claim that he had only 3 months to live. The Scottish government has shown compassion to this convicted mass murderer of 270 innocent souls. The convicted mass murderer never showed compassion for any of his victims.

One year later, al-Megrahi is still alive. The grounds for his “compassionate” release now appear so flawed and unreliable that we must question the underlying motivation. Recent revelations of commercial and diplomatic pressures to release the convicted murderer, coupled with the admission that the doctors relied upon for their expertise were in fact not consulted by the Scottish authorities, are shocking and outrageous.

Our call for action:

  • The UK government should immediately follow through on David Cameron’s statement that he would order the release of all secret documents related to the Lockerbie bombing.
  • The United States government should release all documents related to the Lockerbie bombing.
  • The Scottish government should put on an independent investigation into the release of al-Megrahi in order to identify all the pressures placed on Kenny MacAskill that influenced his decision to release the convicted murderer.
  • Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi should be returned to Scotland to serve out the remainder of his sentence. His “compassionate” release was based on a faulty medical prognosis and should therefore be rescinded.