Saturday, August 29, 2009



The fury over the release of the convicted terrorist guilty of the Lockerbie atrocity (above) intensified yesterday over the medical advice given to the Scottish government on how long he has to live. It emerged that the prognosis that Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi had a life expectancy of only 3 months or less was supported by an unnamed doctor who reportedly has “no expertise” in the treating of terminal prostate cancer. The final report on Megrahi’s condition which went to Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill was drawn up by Dr Andrew Fraser, director of health and care with the Scottish Prison Service.

The 3 month time limit is important because Scottish Prison Service guidance says that compassionate release from prison “may be considered where a prisoner is suffering from a terminal illness and death is likely to occur soon. There are no fixed time limits but life expectancy of less than 3 months may be considered an appropriate period.” Apparently there’s nothing in the Scottish Prison Service guidance about grubby oil and trade deals so officials were able to make up their own minds regarding a recommendation for early release. What is supremely ironic about this whole farce is that the politicians who wanted to appear so compassionate must now be praying that this bloke dies quickly.