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Give us facts on release of Lockerbie bomber, SNP urged

The Scottish Government is facing calls to name the doctors who gave the Lockerbie bomber a prognosis of less than three months to live.

It comes exactly a year after the medical report which led to Abdelbaset al Megrahi being released on compassionate grounds went to Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.

Andrew Fraser, the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) director of health and care, said in the report no specialist “would be willing to say” if a three-month prognosis was reasonable.

Labour has said that the SNP Government should now release the prognosis they were given.

The party's community safety spokesman James Kelly said: “It's time that Kenny MacAskill released the full facts surrounding the medical evidence of Megrahi's release.”

Labour pointed to a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology from two years ago which said patients with advanced metastatic prostate cancer, which is resistant to hormone treatment, had a median life expectancy of 19.2 months from the start of chemotherapy.

It is against this background that the Lockerbie families and the public are being asked to believe that “a three-month prognosis was reasonable”, according to Mr Kelly.

“We know that Megrahi intended to start chemotherapy — he indicated that in his application for release,” he said.

“It's now time for the full facts to come out.

“So far, the SNP Government have released the report by the SPS Director of Health and Care, Dr Andrew Fraser, but have never released the information he was working on.

“It's time that circle was squared and we have full disclosure.”

US senators recently launched an inquiry into the release of Megrahi, the only man convicted of the 1988 bombing of the Lockerbie bombing. Scottish Government ministers have rejected calls to appear before the US inquiry.

The head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, hit out at the US “culture of vengeance” over the issue.

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