Scottish priest who visited bomber in jail glad al-Megrahi released

Scottish priest who visited bomber in jail glad al-Megrahi released

By Simon Caldwell
Catholic News Service

LONDON (CNS) – A Scottish priest who served at Lockerbie, Scotland, at the time an airliner was blown from the sky by terrorists has welcomed the release from jail of the only person convicted of the attack.

Father Patrick Keegans said he was “delighted” by the Aug. 20 release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence officer.

Al-Megrahi was jailed in 2002 for a minimum of 27 years for the Dec. 21, 1988, bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town. It was the worst terrorist attack in British history and killed 270 people, including 189 Americans and 11 people on the ground.

But al-Megrahi was released by the Scottish government on compassionate grounds after physicians confirmed his prostate cancer was at an advanced stage and he had only months to live. He returned to Libya Aug. 20.

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In most of the discussions I’ve seen on this forum I have yet to hear of comments on the fact that al-Megrahi still insists that he’s innocent.

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