Friday, 12 December 2008

Justice for Megrahi campaign

A campaign to free the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing will be launched today.

The "Justice for Megrahi" campaign will seek to generate support for the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi from prison on grounds of compassion.

The 56-year-old, who was convicted in 2001 of the bombing of Pan Am 103, which killed 259 passengers and crew, and 11 residents of Lockerbie, on 21 December 1988, was diagnosed with "advanced state" prostate cancer in September.

A bid by his lawyers to release the Libyan on bail pending an appeal hearing was rejected by judges last month.

Robert Black, a professor of law at Edinburgh University who was instrumental in setting up Megrahi's trial under Scots Law at a specially-constructed court in the Netherlands, and Dr Jim Swire, whose daughter, Flora, died in the bombing, are among those behind the new campaign.

[From today's edition of The Scotsman. Scottish lawyers' magazine The Firm covers the launch of the campaign here. The magazine's editor, Steven Raeburn, has this to say:

"There is one problem that requires moral conscience, not resources, to tackle. Not only does Scotland imprison children to a disproportionate degree, we have also this month condemned a man -who has been officially adjudged to be the possible victim of a miscarriage of justice- to rot in a foreign jail until he dies. A literal death sentence.

"Hopefully compassion and morality are not being sacrificed on the altar of vengeance, or worse, to defer something as inconsequential as shame and embarrassment. It is in our own control to act with more nobility than this."

The campaign's website, which at present consists of little more than a statement of the campaign's aims and objectives and a list of committee members, is to be found at]

1 comment:

  1. 20th anniversary of the PanAm 103 Tragedy over Lockerbie.

    Thank all those who continue to support Mr Abdelbaset al Megrahi, the political hostage
    and "Lockerbie victim 271", suffering since April 6th, 1999 until now 330,668,856 painful seconds, innocent in scottish prisons...

    We pray for him and wish Mr Abdulbaset Al Megrahi to get healthy and free soon and ask for ALLAH'S assistance, ... ALLAHU AKBAR ...

    Please read the open letter to the

    First Minister Alex Salmond,
    Lord Davidson, Advocate General for Scotland,
    Advocate Elish Angiolini QC,
    and to other personalities

    on web:

    by Edwin and Mahnaz Bollier, MEBO Ltd, Switzerland