Canada Free Press | 16Aug2010 | Orest Slepokura

Abdel Baset al-Megrahi: Strange days, indeed

A year has passed since Abdel Baset al-Megrahi -- responsible for 270 deaths -- returned to a hero’s welcome in Libya.

Said to have terminal prostate cancer, and hence released on “compassionate grounds,” the Lockerbie bomber was to have died nine months ago according to doctors. Instead al-Megrahi, who served but eight years of a 27-year sentence, is still alive if not exactly well. Given how warmly Libyan strongman Col. Gadhafi received him, he can likely look forward to good medical care. Perhaps it will extend his life or even heal him altogether; perhaps al-Megrahi, now 58, will ultimately die of old age. Stranger things have happened; like, say, the circumstances surrounding his outrageously untimely release from a Scottish jail.


Orest Slepokura
Strathmore, Alta

[W.Z. There is substantial evidence and many people agree that al-Megrahi was not responsible for the airline crash.]