Monday, August 29, 2011

Would you give cancer drugs to a dying man?

Undoubtedly, yes.

Now, would you do it if that man were Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of blowing up a U.S.-bound airplane that killed 270 people?

The Daily Mirror reports that al-Megrahi's family has made such a request to the British government.

Just yesterday, the National Transitional Council said it will not send al-Megrahi to Scotland, where he was released on compassionate grounds in 2009. At the time doctors said he had only weeks to live. Today, as the New York Times notes, the Scottish government supported the NTC's decision.
Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, said that based on statements from the Transitional National Council, the new interim government of the Libyan rebels, it was clear that “following their own laws, there was never any intention of agreeing to such extradition,” nor was there any plan in Scotland, which had jurisdiction over Mr. Megrahi’s trial, to demand extradition.
The developments touched on one of the most abrasive issues in years to emerge between Britain and the United States, and threatened to reignite anger over the case on both sides of the Atlantic.
Despite the comments from Scotland, the U.S. asked Libya to re-examine the al-Megrahi case.

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