Magazine article The Spectator

Should Al-Megrahi Have Been Released? A Spectator Poll

Magazine article The Spectator

Should Al-Megrahi Have Been Released? A Spectator Poll

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Kenny MacAskill's decision to release Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, on compassionate grounds has caused controversy around the world - in America and also in Britain. But though he has deplored the rejoicing on the streets of Tripoli, at the time of writing Gordon Brown had still refused to comment on the affair other than to say that it was not his place to interfere.

But while Downing Street maintained its silence, the British public was happy to speak out. Over the past few days The Spectator has conducted an exclusive poll into the Lockerbie bomber's release, and has found that of those who expressed a view, 72 per cent believe quite strongly that it was a disgrace to release al-Megrahi. 'He was a terrorist, after all, ' some pointed out.

Many thought it would have been better for him 'to die in prison'. 'Not just that, ' said one of over 500 polled: ' He should have been put in front of a firing squad.'

'Al-Megrahi's return to Tripoli came far too late, ' said another man. …

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