Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Scottish church leader criticises ‘vengeful’ US

Scotland's Roman Catholic leader attacked America's “culture of vengeance” yesterday as he defended the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Writing in Scotland on Sunday, Cardinal Keith O'Brien said despite the “gratuitous barbarity” of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi — who the Scottish Government freed last year on compassionate grounds — ministers were right “to affirm our own humanity”.

He accused the American justice system of being based on “vengeance and retribution” and said he was glad to live in a country where “justice is tempered with mercy”.

Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill freed cancer-stricken Megrahi on August 20 last year. He was given three months to live, but is living with his family in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

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