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Justice and mercy
by Dan Van Ness
The compassionate release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of participation in the bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, has generated a great deal of discussion. And well it might; 270 people died when the plane crashed (259 passengers and 11 residents of Lockerbie). Al-Megrahi was the only person convicted of the terrorist attack.
Healing the victims of Lockerbie
by Lisa Rea
There is not a more high profile case than the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 that killed 270 people when the jetliner blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland. The only convicted man, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, was released and returned to Libya on August 21 after serving eight years of a life sentence. Megrahi was released according to Scottish officials because he is terminally ill having only months to live. Scottish governmental official called the decision "compassionate release". But what about the victims? What do they think? Looking through the lenses of restorative justice, is this a fair decision or could more be done?