August 20th, 2010
06:54 AM ET

World update: One year since Lockerbie bomber release

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on some of the stories we're following on Friday:

Al Megrahi anniversary - It’s been a year since the convicted Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, was released from a Scottish prison on humanitarian grounds, with doctors saying he had terminal cancer and only three months to live. One year later, that decision, made by the Scottish government, is under intense scrutiny, and U.S. senators want to launch an investigation into claims that BP and British business interests had a bearing on that decision.

Iran nuclear power - Iran's first nuclear power plant at Bushehr will be officially opened on Saturday at 0200 ET.   The Russian agency building the reactor says that means this is the physical launch, and the construction site becomes a nuclear installation. It will still be months before the plant is fully operational. 

Viktor Bout - A Thai appeals court ruled Friday that suspected international arms dealer Viktor Bout can be extradited to the United States. The court ruled that the extradition process must be completed within three months, otherwise Bout will be released. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov condemned the decision and vowed to do everything to obtain his return to Russia.

Iraq oil - As U.S. combat troops begin to pull out of Iraq, CNN’s Jim Boulden looks at how Operation Iraqi Freedom has impacted upon oil production levels in this oil-rich country.

South Africa strike - Over one million public sector workers continue to strike in South Africa with several skirmishes between strikers and authorities reported.

Paul the octopus - The UK, as part of its bid to host the 2018 World Cup, has employed the services of arguably football’s most famous male, Paul the Octopus. Paul will appear in a promotional video for the 2018 bid in support of the country where he was born. The average octopus is expected to live for four years. Paul is now two-and-a-half years old, which makes his chance of living to see the 2018 World Cup pretty slim. Still, he’s no average octopus.

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  1. Kaddafi delenda est

    The irony (clearly lost on Scottish Quislings) is that Kaddafi was the IRA. Kaddafi financed, supported, directed, trained and armed the IRA for decades. They were among his favorite Marxist hired goons.

    Up to 6,000 innocents were killed or injured with Libyan supplied guns and explosives. And many IRA bombs employed the same Semtex that sent what was left of Clipper Maid of the Seas crashing into Christmas dinner tables in tiny Lockerbie (incinerating 11 Scots on the ground). Kaddafi has accepted liability and responsibility for both IRA terrorism AND Lockerbie terrorism– along with many other mass murders of innocents orchestrated by his terror-state.

    Kaddafi’s IRA proxies might still be in business if not for the tireless efforts of the Victims of Pan Am 103 to sanction and isolate Libya. But (apparently) no good deed goes unpunished– at least among the cheap Scotch-adled SNP brains of Kenny MacAskill fans.

    IRA and Lockerbie bombing victims properly hold Kaddafi responsible for his bloody atrocities. They can no longer afford to ignore the kabuki theatre of Libyan state-sponsored terrorism.

    Guilt riddled Scots can sneer at America's (alleged) "culture of vengeance" all they want– meanwhile the jihadists continue their demographic conquest of your quaint little island. Good luck with that, Quislings.

    August 20, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      Islam accounts for 0.8% of the Scottish population. A far lower percentage than the number of muslims in the American population. So you clearly don't know what you are talking about. Muslims have far more influence on American life and American political decisions than they do in Scottish life or decisions.

      August 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi In Halloween Costume

    Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi wins the prize for msot original, convincing Halloween costume.

    The widely circulated photot of him in a wheelchair with mask and gown technique is a laugher.

    Still pretending to try to take some heat off?

    Won't work and everyone knows BP and Scottland rolled on this one.

    Nice job Scottland!

    No more Scotts allowed to play in The Masters until this pig dies. On second thought the ban is extended for every year or partial year it takes forthis mass murderer to choke.

    August 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Judge Roy Bean

    BBC: "US calls for Lockerbie bomber to return to jail"

    Hahahhaaahhhhaaaahahaa! *phew* Oh yeah, I can see him waking up tomorrow and saying to Libyan officials, "yaknow, I should go back to jail for what I did." as they nod in agreement. ROFLMAO!

    Here's a thought: Let the idiots who released him take his place.

    August 20, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      Thank goodness he was released. No innocent person should be kept in prison.

      The only sad thing that I deeply regret about this whole episode is the dropping of his appeal. That was the reason for his release – the Scottish ministers didn't want the international embarassment to the Scottish legal system of an acquittal, so the released him on compassionate grounds instead.

      It was almost certain that he was going to be acquitted – most Americans, not knowing anything about the domestic Scottish legal system, fail to understand this simple fact. They look for other reasons, such as BP or prisoner transfer agreements, but fail to consider the real reason for his release- that he was going to be acquitted anyway.

      August 20, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robbie the Pict

    Well said Colin. These ill-informed nutters above omit reference to the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission who, after 6 years study not carried out by the numpties above, declared that there were at least half a dozen grounds for believing that Mr Megrahi had suffered a miscarriage of justice. In reality there is no evidence of any bomb, more a cover-up because rockets were being transported on a civil aircraft and the Americans blew up their own in a rad-haz incident whereby an illegal cargo was detonated by accident when the plane's own radion triggered an accidental explosion – but that is a little close to both the truth and home so we all better shut up. We have the evidence if you have the balls, America.

    August 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David

    When they [the US] turn over the various IRA murderers they're still sheltering, and apologise, humbly, for all the money that went to NORAID, then perhaps we can talk about the release of al Megrahi.

    August 24, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |