International Reaction to Release of Lockerbie Bomber

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The BBC's Glen Campbell joins us from Scotland with local reaction to the impending release of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person convicted and imprisoned for the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland. We also talk to New York Times reporter Alan Cowell about the American opposition to the release of the man many view as a fall guy for the attack.  The explosion killed 270 people, 189 of them Americans. Al-Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of murder and other charges related to the bombing, but his lawyers have successfully lobbied for his release on compassionate grounds, as he is near death from prostate cancer.

For more, listen to our earlier interview with Susan Cohen, whose daughter Theodora died on the flight.


Glen Campbell and Alan Cowell

Hosted by:

Amy Holmes


Stephanie Hughes

Comments [1]

John Allen

I think the only compassion Ali al Megrahi should have got was a lethal injection in jail in Scotland. But can any one in America please explane to me as a victim of terrorism where me son was murdered by terrorists in Northern Ireland when i have seen your expresident Bill Clinton and his wife stand on a platform with Gerry Adams + Martin McGinness + Gerry Kelly these three have been responsible for terrorism in my country and Americans condoned and ssupported these terroists.
please i would like an answer from someone in America my telephone number is [ Comment edited to remove personal contact info. -eds ]

Aug. 21 2009 03:27 AM

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