Megrahi not the first

The decision to release the man convicted of the Lockerbie bomber, is still a hot topic a week on (and I suspect it will be for some time).

I have received a large number of E-mails on compassionate release from prison.  Most of these E-mails seem to be suggesting that it has never been used in Scotland before Megrahi.  Well, you would be wrong.  According to figures released by the Scottish Government a total of 23 people have been released from prison since 2000 on compassionate grounds.

So, Megrahi was not a special case, a number of people in the Cabinet Secretary for Justice job have released convicted prisoners on compassionate grounds.

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2 thoughts on “Megrahi not the first

  1. But I bet you there’s a longer list of people who weren’t released on compassionate grounds and died in prison.

  2. There probably is, but I can pretty much guarantee that they wont have met the conditions for release. Partly, because it is very difficult to get doctor’s to give someone a prognosis of 3 months or less to live.

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