Bomber’s release ‘preferable’ for US

THE US Government told Scottish officials that the Lockerbie bomber’s release on compassionate grounds was “far preferable” to his transfer back to a Libyan jail, it was revealed yesterday.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond said yesterday day that while America “didn’t want” Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to be released, they would rather see him freed on account of his terminal cancer, than under the prisoner transfer agreement between Britain and Libya.

Megrahi is the only person convicted of the 1988 bombing in which 270 people were killed.

He was released in August last year after doctors said he was dying of prostate cancer and had three months to live – prompting fury in the US.

Last week, President Barack Obama told a White House press conference that the US had been “surprised, disappointed and angry” about Megrahi being released.

Speaking to Sky News yesterday, Salmond said: “I think a fair description of the American Government’s position is that they didn’t want al-Megrahi to be released.

“However, if he was to be released, they thought it was far preferable for compassionate release as opposed to the prisoner transfer agreement.”

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