Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi of Libya killed 270 people by blowing Pan Am flight 103 out of the sky above the Scottish town of Lockerbie two decades ago. He was convicted earlier this decade, and sentenced to life in prison in the UK.
In September 2008, al Megrahi was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, and medical officials now say his condition is rapidly deteriorating. According to doctors, he has about three months to live.
Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, who intitially supported the sentence, recently orderedÂ al Megrahi’s release on compassionate grounds, and today the 57 year-oldÂ bomber was put on a plane back to Libya to be allowed to die at home.
What are your thoughts on compassion for people who commit such heinous crimes? Do theyÂ deserve compassion? Would you do the same if you were in MacAskill’s position? Is this decision by officials in the UK fair to the family members of the victims?
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