Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi

Terminally ill Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is on a life support machine in Libya and his family expect him to die within days, it has been reported.

Megrahi has been termed the "Lockerbie bomber" by many, but the evidence is slight and he may well have only been "one of the usual suspects". However many feel that he could have disclosed much more information than we have yet heard.

The whole matter seems to have been marred by rotten politics all round. It was considered by many that al-Megrahi was not seriously ill and that he had been returned to Libya for reasons of personal gain.

Last week Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi said Megrahi's family would be suing over his "neglect" in Greenock Prison.

IMO: Bad treatment is possibly all anyone can expect in a UK prison, and many people (such as TalkSport listeners) seem to want things even worse in jail. Prisoners, even when innocent, are expected to admit guilt, presumably to keep police and government records looking nicer. But the UK government allows decent Old Aged Pensioners to die in their own homes, even allowing electricity to be cut off to them when it is apparent that they are in bad health and need of warmth to stay alive. So sympathy and understanding are too much to expect in such a country, particularly with bad governance like there certainly has been since during and just before the Thatcher era. Certainly sympathy and understanding should go to those deserving of it, and jail prisoners are normally pretty low in that list.

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