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Cameron asks for Brown's view on freed bomber

Conservative leader David Cameron has written to Gordon Brown calling on him to make clear whether he believes the decision to free Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds was "right or wrong".

Families' reaction: 'Too many questions are still unanswered'

The families of the British victims called for a full independent inquiry into the bombing yesterday.

Tim Luckhurst: Scotland's mess over Lockerbie

In the MacAskill version Albion has been perfidious and Caledonia is blameless

Leading article: Compassion amidst suspicion

Not for the first time the English political establishment has cause to be grateful for Scottish devolution. The Scottish justice secretary, Kenny MacAskill's, much heralded decision yesterday to release the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, on compassionate grounds, has given London the pleasure not just of a devolved Scottish government thrashing about in the deep end of international relations but also the perfect alibi to distance themselves from the resulting furore. "No good complaining to us about it," they can say (and no doubt have) to the US families of the victims and the White House which supports them. "It's nothing to do with us. Speak to Edinburgh."

Hans Köchler: I saw the trial – and the verdict made no sense

I am always surprised when people refer to Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi as the Lockerbie bomber. Even if he is guilty – something which, personally, I do not believe – he would only be a Lockerbie bomber, just one of many people who carried out a crime which would have taken a large network of people and lots of money to carry out. It amazes me that the British and American governments act as if the investigation into the bombing is somehow complete.

Kenny MacAskill: In releasing the Lockerbie bomber, we uphold Scottish values

It is quite clear to the medical experts that Al-Megrahi has a terminal illness, and indeed that there has recently been a significant deterioration in his health... It therefore falls to me to decide whether he should be released on compassionate grounds.

Megrahi release a mistake, says Obama

President Barack Obama today described the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi as a "mistake" and called on the Libyan government to place him under house arrest.

Lockerbie bomber expresses 'sympathy' for relatives

The Lockerbie bomber today said he had "sympathy" for the families of those who died in the atrocity.

Cameron condemns Lockerbie bomber's release

The decision to free Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds was greeted with mixed reactions today.

MacAskill's full statement on Lockerbie bomber

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill today announced his decision to free the Lockerbie bomber.Here is his statement in full:

Megrahi walks up the steps to freedom

The Lockerbie bomber flew out of Britain today after being freed from prison to die at home in Libya.

Free to die: bitter legacy of the Lockerbie bomber

Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi, the only person convicted over the Lockerbie bombing, is expected to learn today that he will be released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds so that he can return to Libya, his homeland.

Wrong to free Lockerbie man says Clinton

The US secretary of state Hillary Clinton piled more pressure on the Scottish Government today over whether to free the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing by issuing a fresh call to keep him locked up.

Lockerbie bomber drops appeal

The Libyan jailed for the Lockerbie bombing has dropped his second appeal against his conviction for the attack that killed 270 people.

Lockerbie bomber drops conviction appeal

The Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing today formally dropped the second appeal against his conviction for the attack which killed 270 people.

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