UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Campbell: Labour & SNP’s judgement in Megrahi case completely wrong

Press Release   •   Feb 08, 2011 10:24 GMT

“The Labour government completely failed to take into account the horrific nature of the crime, the consequences and the sentence imposed when it took the view that it could assist the release of Mr Megrahi."

Commenting on Sir Gus O'Donnell’s report on the release of the Lockerbie Bomber, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats and member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Sir Menzies Campbell said:

“The Labour government completely failed to take into account the horrific nature of the crime, the consequences and the sentence imposed when it took the view that it could assist the release of Mr Megrahi.

“Equally in Scotland, the Justice Secretary failed to take account of these three significant factors when reaching a conclusion about the exercise of compassion.

“If both had paid proper attention, the Labour government would not have been so embroiled and the Scottish Justice Secretary would not have been so easily persuaded.

“Neither Westminster nor Holyrood comes out of this affair with much credit. ”