Sunday, August 23, 2009

Divine Justice Beyond Lockerbie

Last Wednesday Scotland released Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the terrorist from Libya who had been serving a life sentence for murdering 270 people by blowing up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, two decades ago – because he has terminal prostate cancer. There is understandably a great deal of outcry against his release – especially from the families who lost loved ones in the tragedy, most are from the United States.

When asked why he could permit such an injustice, Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said this:

Our justice system demands that judgment be imposed but compassion available. Our beliefs dictate that justice be served but mercy be shown. . . .

The evidence I have from the director of Health and Social Care for Scottish Prison Services, and it's his advice along with that of the prison governor, and indeed of other relevant bodies of Scotland, it's the prognosis that he's since deteriorated. It says now that he has less than three months to live. I'm obliged to accept that. I'm not medically qualified, I do not challenge it. And what I accept is that he is a dying man. I can't change that. That verdict has been brought upon to him by a higher power. But I am prepared to stand up for the values we hold as a people of Scotland not to lower them, not to debase them, not to live in a manner which others seek to do. We've brought him to judgment, but we allow him to go home to die.
Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi’s punishment may have just ended in Scotland, but it will only just begin when he leaves this earth: "But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death" (Revelation 21:8).

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