Thursday, 20 August 2009

Cameron condemns release of Lockerbie bomber

David Cameron has attacked the decision to free Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds.

Mr al-Meghrahi was jailed in 2001 for the Lockerbie bombing which claimed 270 lives in 1988.

David described the decision to release him as "wrong", and said it was "the product of some completely nonsensical thinking":

"If there's a view that the conviction is in some way unsafe, then the proper process is an appeal and the presentation of new evidence. But if this is about genuine release on compassionate grounds then I think it is wrong."

David added, "This man was convicted of murdering 270 people, he showed no compassion to them, they weren't allowed to go home and die with their relatives in their own bed and I think this is a very bad decision."

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