Where’s the Lockerbie bomber?

As Libya collapses, all the world is wondering what will happen to Col. Moammar Gadhafi, who, despite being in power for 42 years, never had time to promote himself to general.

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, left using stick, receives a hero's welcome from Seif al-Islam el-Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi, on his 2009 arrival in Tripoli.

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, left using cane, receives a hero's welcome from Seif al-Islam el-Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi, on his 2009 arrival in Tripoli.

Time is running out. Rebels quickly seized Gadhafi’s stronghold of Tripoli Sunday and are spelunking every man-made cave in search of the hamburger- and plastic surgery-loving despot.

But what I want to know is where is the the Lockerbie bomber, aka Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi?

Those who’ve been reading newspapers awhile will remember Scotland released the former Libyan intelligence officer in 2009, allegedly on humanitarian grounds because he was allegedly dying of cancer.

Even older readers will remember  al-Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of 270 counts of murder for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. One-hundred-eighty-nine Americans were on board when the plane exploded Dec. 21, 1988.

Some evidence suggests he was released two decades early from his 27-year sentence because British officials hoped to receive favorable deals in Libya for British oil companies.

What we do know for sure is that al-Megrahi was taken to Libya and afforded a life of luxury by Gadhafi.

I am happy to report folks are already making plans for the 59-year-old.

As rebels take control, Niles Gardner writes in The Telegraph that al-Megrahi must be “a very nervous man today.”

Gardner writes the U.K. should make it a priority “to get al-Megrahi on a plane to London, where he should serve the rest of his life sentence.”

A little closer to home, Commentary Magazine writer Michael Rubin suggests President Obama should seize al-Megrahi and “finally win justice for the American victims of Lockerbie.”

Sounds good to me.

3 comments Add your comment

Martin Doughty

August 22nd, 2011
2:48 pm

I lost 6 cousins on the Lockerbie plane. However not only do I believe Al-Megrahi to be innocent, I also believe that there has been a huge cover-up on the entire Lockerbie incident.

Two months before the plane took off it was fully booked. There were no spare seats on this pre-Christmas flight to New York. Yet the plane took off with 100 empty seats on it. The US Embassy staff in London (amongst others?) were pulling themselves off the flight home, the flight that they had booked months earlier, because they knew something was going to happen.

Ghaddafi ‘took the blame’ for Lockerbie as part of the deal to get himself and his country trading again. Al-Megrahi was just an innocent pawn in the operation.

There are some serious question that need answering here, trying to blame some innocent for the deaths of my 6 relatives is going to solve nothing,

Michael

August 31st, 2011
7:21 pm

Didn’t the 400 victims average $10 million a piece from the $4 billion settlement?

Dave

September 9th, 2011
2:35 am

Michael, no the victims died as a result of a bomb. That is what the 400 victims did.