We had to have snipers on the roof. He got the call wrong, but I defend him. He authorized the release and takes sole responsibility for his decision. It makes for painful, disturbing and difficult reading. I associate with those people. He knew what was going on. The crime scene actually went for something like 700 miles.
It was a senior cop, and I thought he got it right. At poin This book is at its strongest in setting out Kenny MacAskill's reasons for releasing Abdelbaset al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds. This book is at its strongest in setting out Kenny MacAskill's reasons for releasing Abdelbaset al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds. So my perception is that al-Megrahi gives the case to Fhimah. I wrote in the newspaper column—I'd gone out for dinner once with my friend who was the consul-general for Sweden.
He was away from his family. I was flying the Airbus 310 from Frankfort at the time of the bombing. I remember speaking to the minister because this happened in 2010 or something like that. According to Ashton, the fragment, made of pure tin, could not have come from any product sold by the Swiss company Mebo in Libya, because it used tin-lead alloy at that time. All of which, of course, presumes that Megrahi was culpable. But there was no hero's reception.
Megrahi and a co-conspirator, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, were indicted for the bombing in 1991. Thirty years ago tomorrow , 270 people were killed when a passenger plane Pan Am 103 exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie , today i've been back to the small Scottish town — Owen Humphreys owenhumphreys1 Pan Am Flight 103 was a t at the time, flying from Frankfurt to Detroit with stops in London and New York. So part of it is just the news agenda and the society in which we live affects matters. It started long before that. I had a close friend who was on this Pan Am flight, who of course died, and he was a Swedish diplomat.
The Libyan, whose co-accused, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, was acquitted at trial, went on to live for two years and nine months, leading many to question the true extent of his illness. Other than that it is a very enjoyable book, well written and takes you through the story with great ease. But it straddles 45 years. Now he has written a gripping and revealing account of the bombing, telling the whole story with honesty and compassion, as well as a forensic attention to detail. He is the one I said that's in Qatar in the six-star hotel with a whole floor. So I thank you very much for your presentation. The Scottish Government with no powers to act in foreign affairs found itself at the centre of an international storm.
We don't know how it got on. Due to these ongoing controversies and the sheer magnitude of the losses, during the last three decades there have been hundreds of articles written and dozens of films produced about this deadly terror attack. My successor I think would do exactly the same as my predecessors would have done if the criteria was met. They debriefed him so they knew everything about Lockerbie and Gaddafi before Gaddafi fell. Law is meant to be about justice. I didn't meet Moussa Koussa, though, but my staff did, and they said he was a scary guy. At Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where a honors the memory of those killed, about 500 people are expected to attend a memorial service.
One of the trails of debris extended almost 70 miles across the east coast of England. We don't have prisoners like that in Scotland. So that was where the evidence came from. That was the precursor for the events on the 21st of December, 1988. I remember being in my flat watching it, and I too was perturbed because I thought, Here comes a problem. People say it was oil, but it was actually minerals. He describes the controversial release of al-Megrahi, explains the international dimensions involved and lays bare the commercial and security interests that ran in the background throughout the investigation and trial.
On December 21, 1988—30 years ago today—Pan Am Flight 103 dropped from the night sky , including all 259 of its passengers and crew and 11 people on the ground in the small town of Lockerbie, Scotland, which lies 120km southwest of Glasgow. But some memorials are less familiar—like one in a field four miles south of Lockerbie. But comments will be rejected if they distort or misrepresent the evidence; are defamatory; or if they risk embroiling me, as publisher, in defamation proceedings. The rest were citizens of nearly two dozen other countries. The families haven't committed an offense, and the families should be able to access them.
It was done under Scots law. For these two brothers, was a tiny tin watering can—everybody and everything else had gone up in the inferno when parts of Flight 103 crashed into Lockerbie. You'll remember when you saw it. What he was lobbying for was prisoner transfer, and that was before I became justice secretary. I have to say I didn't put al-Megrahi in that.
I have no doubt it's the same in America. Detailing the build-up to the atrocity and the carnage left in its wake, MacAskill narrates the international investigation that followed and the diplomatic intrigue that saw a Scottish court convened in the Netherlands. Wasn't there a point at which the Libyan government offered some compensation to the victims' families? He knew he was terminally ill. How it was dreadful for me to go to Greenock Prison, but it's fine for them to train Gaddafi's elite brigade. But the sanctions were hurting Libya and that's why they got offered up.