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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 12:14 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watch the STV documentary: 'Lockerbie Bomber: Sent Home to Die'
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It seems that they were able to find a piece of a printed circuit board the size of a finger nail which contained sufficient characteristics to permit its identification.

Could this have something to do with the CIA operatives who were clambering all over the scene?

The very same CIA who paid Tony Gauci (the Maltese shopkeeper) at least $2 million for his evidence, and his brother Paul $1 million.

I am afraid that the the US notion of justice begins with a $ sign!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11, 2010 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10 August 2010 Last updated at 23:18 Share this pageFacebookTwitter ShareEmail Print US senators call for Lockerbie bomber's medical records
Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was released last August The US senate committee examining the release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber is calling for his medical records to be released.

It comes after Scottish Labour demanded the publication of the evidence which led to Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi being given less than three months to live.

Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds in August last year.

The Scottish government confirmed it had received the letter and would reply "in due course."

Ministers have already published a report which led to the decision to release the Libyan.

The report, published by the Scottish Prison Service's medical chief, Dr Andrew Fraser, suggested last August that Megrahi - who has terminal prostate cancer - had three months to live.

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Labour said the medical advice which led Dr Fraser to his conclusion should be published, along with the names of the doctors who provided it.

And now the US senators have written to First Minister Alex Salmond asking the Scottish government to provide the full medical information or to request Megrahi's permission to release the information, if such permission is necessary.

In addition, the senators asked the Scottish government for the names, medical training and specialisations of the doctors who examined Megrahi.

"We understand that an extensive medical record was used as the basis of the decision to release Mr al-Megrahi, but only one three-page medical document with redactions has been released by the Scottish government," the senators wrote.

"Independent examination of Mr al-Megrahi's complete medical record is necessary in order to understand the circumstances surrounding his compassionate release.

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Dr Fraser drew on expert advice from a number of cancer specialists in coming to his clinical assessment”

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"A more complete medical record may help us understand exactly what Mr al-Megrahi's treatment options were and thereby help clarify questions about his prognosis."

The Scottish Labour Party have pointed to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology from 2008, which claimed patients with advanced metastatic prostate cancer that is resistant to hormone treatment had a median life expectancy of 19.2 months from the start of chemotherapy.

Labour's community safety spokesman James Kelly said it was time for Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to release the "full facts" surrounding the medical evidence for Megrahi's release.

He added: "We know that Megrahi intended to start chemotherapy - he indicated that in his application for release.

"It's now time for the full facts to come out."

But a Scottish government spokeswoman said: "Dr Fraser drew on expert advice from a number of cancer specialists in coming to his clinical assessment that a three-month prognosis was a reasonable estimate for al-Megrahi - it was not based on the opinion of any one doctor.

"These specialists included two consultant oncologists, two consultant urologists and a number of other specialists, including a palliative care team, and Mr Al-Megrahi's primary care physician."

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She added that three doctors were also hired by the Libyan authorities to assess Megrahi, namely Ibrahim Sherif, Karol Sikora and Jonathan Waxman.

However, the spokeswoman said their examinations formed no part of the expert advice considered by Dr Fraser.

Last month, the Conservatives said the advice of other doctors and medical experts who examined Megrahi should also be released.

The US senators recently launched an inquiry into the release of Megrahi, the only man convicted of the 1988 bombing of PanAm flight 103 which killed 270 people.

Scottish government ministers and former UK Justice Secretary Jack Straw rejected calls to appear before the US inquiry.

The head of the Roman Catholic church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, hit out at the US "culture of vengeance" over the issue at the weekend.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Thank God for Gordon': Gaddafi orders Libyans to pray for Brown - to thank him for releasing the Lockerbie bomber

By Nabila Ramdani
Last updated at 10:01 PM on 14th August 2010

Libya will mark the first anniversary of the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al Megrahi by thanking God for Gordon Brown and Kenny MacAskill, the two men who let him go.

Colonel Gaddafi, the country’s dictator, has ordered prayers to mark Friday’s anniversary of the decision to free Al Megrahi from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds.

The Libyan leader is keen to avoid a repeat of the international condemnation sparked by the decision to give the convicted terrorist a hero’s welcome when he returned to Libya on August 20, 2009, allegedly with just three months to live.

Grateful: Gordon Brown with Colonel Gaddafi last July, a month before the release of Al Megrahi
The families of the 270 people who died in the 1988 bombing of Pam Am Flight 103 were furious at what they saw as scenes of triumphalism at Tripoli airport, with large crowds cheering and shouting.
A spokesman for the Libyan leader said: ‘The celebrations this year will involve people giving thanks to God for Brother Al Megrahi’s release, and marking the event with their own quiet celebrations.’
He added: ‘People will pray for Al Megrahi and give thanks to those who helped free him, including former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill.
More...Lockerbie bomber freed to die is being given 'miracle cure' drug: Treatment could add 18 months to his life

‘This is what the Brother Leader [Col Gaddafi] wants. He does not wish to cause offence in other parts of the world, especially in Britain and America.’
Despite this official nervousness, youths across the country will pay their own tribute by wearing the same kind of white baseball cap that Al Megrahi, 58, wore at the time of his release. Many will also have his image blazoned across T-shirts.
‘Brother Al Megrahi is massively popular across the country – a real hero,’ said near neighbour Hamid Najiz. ‘Young people love him, and many new babies have been named after him.’

Released: Abdelbaset Al Megrahi, pictured climbing the steps of a plane at Glasgow Airport, is now regarded as a hero in his home country of Libya
The most significant gathering will be in the two-storey house that Al Megrahi shares with his wife and five children.
The Libyan ­dictator’s second son, Saif Gaddafi, will visit the property, paying for food and drinks for selected guests ­following a day’s fasting as required during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
But even these low-key celebrations are likely to attract intense international criticism.
The continued survival of Al Megrahi, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer, has led many to question the decision to free him.
Critics on both sides of the Atlantic claim that the release was approved as part of moves to secure a £450 million Anglo-Libyan oil deal that was engineered by the last Labour Government in 2007.
A year after this treaty was signed, Peter Mandelson, the then Business Secretary, met with Saif Gaddafi to discuss bilateral relations and Al Megrahi’s future. The prisoner-transfer treaty that paved the way for the bomber’s release was eventually signed in 2009.
In June, Saif Gaddafi claimed that Tony Blair had become an adviser to the state fund that now advises Libya on its oil wealth. However, a spokesman for the former Prime Minister denied that he had any paid or unpaid role with Colonel Gaddafi.
According to the terms of his release from Scotland, Al Megrahi is not allowed to leave his luxury family home, which is under 24-hour guard by the Libyan authorities.
As a sick man Al Megrahi is excused the need to stop eating and drinking during Ramadan, but his diet is ­nonetheless extremely meagre.
Despite recent claims that Al Megrahi was solely relying on natural remedies to ease the pain of his ­cancer, he has just begun a new course of chemotherapy.
Al Megrahi has always maintained his innocence over Britain’s worst terrorist atrocity.

A source in Tripoli said: ‘His number one aim is to prove he had nothing to do with the Lockerbie bombing, and this is the reason he is putting so much effort into regaining his health.'

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Al-Megrahi's doctor: 'I just provided an opinion. Someone else let him go free'

Specialist Karol Sikora says he would have been 'more vague' over the Libyan's health if he had known his opinion would have been treated as fact

The doctor at the centre of the increasingly bitter international debate over the early release of the Lockerbie bomber has spoken to the Observer in his first interview since his expert evidence was used to justify the decision.

Talking ahead of Friday's first anniversary of the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, Professor Karol Sikora strongly attacked the way his prognosis was portrayed. The leading cancer specialist said he would have made his evidence "more vague" if he could have foreseen that it was going to be interpreted as a fact that the convicted terrorist was going to die within three months of being released from Scotland's Greenock prison.

Sikora's claims are likely to reignite the row over the grounds on which al-Megrahi was released. As one of three doctors paid by the Libyan government to provide an expert opinion on al-Megrahi's life chances after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Sikora has been attacked for his role in the affair.

Claims by US senators that the release was orchestrated by BP, who wanted to win drilling concessions in Libya, have provoked a bitter international row.

Two of the physicians paid by the Libyans – Sikora, and Professor Ibrahim Sharif, a Libyan oncologist – agreed al-Megrahi's death was "likely" within three months. The third, Professor Jonathan Waxman, conceded that al-Megrahi did not have long to live.

Sikora denied that he succumbed to pressure from Libya to agree al-Megrahi had under three months to live so that he could be returned to Libya on compassionate grounds. "I felt, on the balance of probability, you could justify that [claim], but you couldn't say he was definitely going to be dead in three months," he said.

"It's not like in the films when the oncologist says 'I'm sorry you have three months to live'. There's a huge spectrum for every clinical situation. When I was asked 'Is he likely to die in three months?', my opinion was that he was. If you look at the survival curve, there's about a 60% chance of someone being dead in three months, but that doesn't mean he will die in three months. The legal side has to have it one way or another; it [the prognosis] can't be mousey. If I did it again, I'd really test the grounds for compassionate release. This three months [rule] – is it based on the balance of probability or more than that? Is it beyond reasonable doubt?" Sikora said it was not the job of doctors to deal in certainty, but to make politicians and lawyers aware of the spectrum of potential outcomes when asked to assess how long a terminally ill patient had to live: "If I could go back in time I would have probably been more vague and tried to emphasise the statistical chances and not hard fact."

He agreed that the al-Megrahi affair had, as with the MMR and swine flu scares, highlighted how there could be explosive reactions when science, politics, media and law collided.

"In medicine we say 'Never say never and never say always', because funny things happen. All you can do is give a statistical opinion, and that's fraught because the media, the law, and indeed patients, don't like statistical opinion. They want to know 'Is it this or is it that?' A court is all about guilty or not guilty." He questioned whether the law governing compassionate release if a prisoner had only three months to live was established under Scottish law: "There was no written rule about compassionate release. Was it three months or not?"

And he said if he were to do it again he would suggest "setting up some independent review panel that would include maybe four or five experts".

He added: "What I find difficult is the idea I took the key and let him out. I provided an opinion, others provided an opinion, and someone else let him out. That decision of compassionate release is nothing to do with me. No one asked me, 'Should we let him out?' All they said was when do you think he will die?"

There has been wild speculation that al-Megrahi never had cancer, but Sikora said he had no doubts. "Initially I thought he had 18 months, but when I saw the data, the blood tests and X-ray reports and spoke to the prison doctor, who had observed the pace of the disease, I thought it would be much quicker." When he examined al-Megrahi, Sikora said he saw a "man that was hunted. He looked ill." His impression was of a "highly intelligent guy who took copious notes and asked the right questions".

Al-Megrahi's longevity should not be too much of a surprise, Sikora argued: "There is some fascinating data of people wanting to live much longer and succeeding. I've had two patients myself, one who wanted to go to her granddaughter's wedding and the other to her daughter's wedding. On both occasions they self-willed themselves to live and then within a week after the weddings died of end-stage cancer."

He suggested al-Megrahi's release could have given him a new lease of life: "Here's a man who has got no hope of leading a normal life suddenly going back home to his house, his kids and family. There is anecdotal evidence that this sort of thing can improve the length of life just by giving someone something to live for. But it's not pleasant dying over that period of time – increasing amounts of morphine. It's better to have good quality of life over three or four months and go out with a bang."

The Scottish government has denied that the expert evidence from Sikora – and the other two doctors paid by the Libyan government – influenced its decision. But it was recently admitted the evidence was shared with the prison doctor, who wrote the report submitted to the government detailing al-Megrahi's condition and setting out the prognosis for how long he had left to live. Privately, sources suggest the Scottish prison service officials involved in al-Megrahi's release would have found the views of the three experts difficult to ignore.

Sikora, medical director of CancerPartnersUK and dean of Buckingham University business school, admitted that the personal attacks he had endured since the affair became international news had left him feeling "a bit lonely".He expressed frustration that patient confidentiality rules made it impossible to publish al-Megrahi's medical records, as US politicians demanded last week.

Last week there were unconfirmed reports the former Libyan intelligence officer is gravely ill and has only days left to live. However, a newspaper reported yesterday that he had secretly resumed hospital chemotherapy sessions, despite his family claiming earlier this year that all conventional treatment had stopped.

Sikora admitted he had "often wondered" what he will think when the only man convicted of the 1988 bombing succumbs to cancer: "It's inevitable it's going to happen; I suspect in the next few weeks. To tell the truth, I'll be quite glad because we can move on. The longer he has gone on the more difficult it has been for everyone."
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Senators to issue whistleblower call over Megrahi

Published Date: 15 August 2010
By Eddie Barnes
US SENATORS will this week bypass the UK and Scottish governments to issue a public call for "whistleblowers" to come forward with fresh evidence about the Lockerbie case, a year on from the controversial release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi.

Scottish lawyers and doctors with knowledge of Megrahi's case are among those being urged to step forward by the team of four US senators conducting an inquiry into the release of the convicted bomber.

The team is also calling on insiders with knowledge of the UK Government's trade links to Libya - including arms deals with the Gaddafi regime - to reveal any evidence they were linked to Megrahi's return home.

The move was last night interpreted as another example of US interference in the decisions made by the Scottish Government, which allowed the 58-year-old Libyan intelligence officer to return home last summer after ministers received reports saying he had just three months to live.

One SNP source said: "This is all just about their own politics. They have their elections coming and they are just trying to show they're doing something."

Christine Grahame, an SNP MSP, said: "I would be much happier if, rather than doing this they (the senators] would simply call for a UN inquiry into all matters in Lockerbie, where all the evidence was laid out. That way the senators would sleep a lot better in their beds at night."

The internet appeal, to be made public later this week, comes with the bomber, who is suffering from prostate cancer, preparing to mark a year of freedom back in Libya.

There were reports yesterday that he has begun a new round of treatment aimed at prolonging his life.

In further revelations today:

• SNP ministers say they would be happy to support an international inquiry into the Lockerbie case, amid fresh calls for a investigation into his conviction.

• Megrahi says he wants all papers relating to his aborted appeal to be made public and says he would have released his own documentation if the Crown Office in Scotland and police also agreed to do so.

• Senators have again asked Foreign Secretary William Hague to examine whether potentially lucrative arms deals between the UK and Libya played a factor in the UK's approach to Megrahi's case.

Megrahi, the only man convicted of the bombing of Flight Pan Am 103 in 1988, is currently celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at his home in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced plans last month to hold a hearing into the case, urging Scottish and UK ministers to give evidence.

They said they wanted to investigate claims that Megrahi's release was linked to a UK-BP oil deal with Libya, along with his release on compassionate grounds.

However, with that plea having fallen on deaf ears, the senators are now planning to go over the heads of ministers in a bid to speak directly to the people involved in the case.

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Senator 'misunderstands' says MacAskillPremium Article !

Date: 16 August 2010
By David Maddox

THE Scottish Government last night dismissed a call by a US Senator for whistle-blowers to come forward to reveal the detail behind the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber.
The move led by Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey has come as he and three colleagues pushing for an inquiry into the release a year ago have become frustrated over the failure of UK and Scottish ministers past and present to appear before a Senate committee.

They believe the decision to release Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi could have been linked to an oil deal between BP and Libya. The oil giant has already admitted lobbying for a prisoner transfer agreement (PTA) between the UK and Libya, but the company's chairman Lord Browne repeated yesterday on a visit to Edinburgh that it had never lobbied directly for Megrahi's release or approached the Scottish Government.

Senators are now calling on doctors or lawyers linked to the case to come forward and provide evidence and have promised to keep correspondence from government officials acting as whistle-blowers confidential.

But a spokesman for Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill argued that the senators continue to misunderstand the nature of the release. He pointed out that the PTA was rejected by Mr MacAskill and he suggested that Senator Menendez had gone out on a limb.

He said: "Senator Menendez appears now to be acting on his own account, rather than on behalf of the foreign relations committee.

"The senator and his three colleagues have written to the Foreign Secretary concerning possible commercial influence in the UK government's decision to sign a Prisoner Transfer Agreement with Libya, and indeed have raised a new question concerning arms deals.

"Clearly, the Scottish Government has no knowledge of any of these matters, and this fully vindicates our staunch opposition to the PTA."

If as the Scottish Government have said before is correct (That a PTA was never on the table) then why did Kenny MacAskill demand Megrahi drop his appeal which was never a requirement for compassionate release ?

Why was Megrahi hurried out the country while Crown still had an appeal against his sentence ongoing ?  surely this was illegal by their own standards and was this not the reason he was forced into dropping his appeal ?

No proceedings must be pending yet he still had an appeal by crown against his sentence pending.

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Could Megrahi have been treated in Scotland ?

Medical advances could keep Lockerbie bomber alive for another three years

Published Date: 17 August 2010

A PROSTATE cancer specialist said last night that advances in treatment for the disease mean the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing could remain alive for years.

Lockerbie bomber Megrahi is currently receiving chemotherapy in Libya for prostate cancer

Pressure is growing on Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill ahead of the one-year anniversary on Friday of the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi on the basis that he had just three months to live because he was suffering from terminal prostate cancer.

Consultant urologist Professor Roger Kirby said last night that new treatments mean patients can live for much longer than in the past. He said chemotherapy has been known to extend the lives of patients by up to three years.

The professor, of St George's Hospital in London, said: "There are new therapies coming in all the time.

"There's chemotherapy which al-Megrahi is on in Libya, there are other new things . . . these are improving survival rates on these patients really quite dramatically,
so it was a big mistake to let him out on the premise that he would be dead within three months."

He added: "We know that patients can survive 18, 24, 36 months longer as a result of these treatments. It may be that newer treatments coming in now will extend that life expectancy even longer, so the longer Mr al-Megrahi lives, the more embarrassing it is that he has been released from jail.

"He should have received that chemotherapy in jail, not back in Libya, I think."

Megrahi was convicted of the mass murder of 270 people after the 1988 bombing of PanAm flight 103. Jailed in 2001, he was released from Greenock Prison on 20 August, 2009 after his diagnosis of terminal cancer.

A cancer expert who is being kept updated with Megrahi's condition has reportedly claimed that releasing him on compassionate grounds may have extended his life expectancy by 18 months.

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