July 16th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

British government: Release of Lockerbie bomber a mistake

It was a mistake to release convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, Britain's ambassador to the United States said Friday.

The British government believes it was wrong to let al Megrahi out of prison and return home to Libya in August 2009, Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald said in a statement. The government at the time also felt the same way, he said.

The decision to release al Megrahi, however, was up to the devolved Scottish executive and the British government therefore had no power to stop it, Sheinwald said.

The ambassador's statement came a day after the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced it will hold a hearing July 29 to examine al Megrahi's release.

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  1. John Moore

    Why is no one mentioning the fact that the Captain of the USS Vincennes who shot down an Iranian airliner 5 months before Lockerbie received a medal. Retribution of this type can never be justified but the parents, wives and children of the people who died when Iran 655 was shot down are still waiting for their day in court.

    July 16, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    @John Moore: There was a fire fight occurring between U.S. and Iranian forces that lay directly in 655's flight path. The Iranian government chose "not" to divert or suspend civilian flights and instead, deliberately to sent 655 directly into harm's way in the hopes it would be shot down, so that the U.S. would be disgraced and forced to leave the Gulf. "They" murdered those poor people. Not us. FYI - 655 Had a radar signature almost identical to the Iranian F-14's. It was a combat situation and the Vincennes reacted exactly as they should have. Check your facts, then post your anti-American rants.

    July 26, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
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