Barack Obama denounced the release of Lockerbie Bomber Abdel Baset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the only person convicted of the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing in which 270 people were killed, back in August 2009:
However CNS News reported today that the Obama Administration preferred the release of Meghahi on compassionate grounds.
The Obama administration on Monday released the text of the LeBaron letter. It says Megrahi’s release on compassionate grounds would be “far preferable” than his return to Libya under a prisoner transfer agreement, but also sets two important conditions to this – he would have to remain in Scotland under supervision, and Scotland would have to release “the results of independent and comprehensive medical exams clearly establishing that Megrahi’s life expectancy is less than three months.” The full text of the letter is here.
Nile Gardiner at the Telegraph today wrote that Obama must also answer questions over the Lockerbie bomber’s release.