Despite claims by Scottish officials and the Gordon Brown government that “compassion” was the only factor in deciding to release the Lockerbie bomber, many questions remain unanswered. Why, of all the prisoners in Scottish prisons who had life sentences did one man get selected for compassionate release? The Brown administration has admitted that ministers visited Libya over the past year, held discussions with officials and business leaders, and apparently were interested in oil as well as other industries.
Libyan head man Gaddafi’s own son said trade interests were a factor in leading to the release of the bomber. Perhaps, it was simply a matter of concern for an elderly man who was sick. I wonder how many compassionate releases of prisoners occur each year in Scottish prisons?