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London - Report: Libya 'paid' Doctors to Exaggerate Bomber's Illness

Published on: September 6, 2009 09:07 PM
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Released Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, is seen in a hospital bed in Tripoli Released Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, is seen in a hospital bed in Tripoli

London - Seemingly objective medical advice used to justify the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi was actually paid for by Libya, sources say.

Al-Megrahi, 57, who has terminal prostate cancer, was released from a Scottish jail last month on compassionate grounds when a three-doctor team advised the Scottish government he had only three months to live. But the doctors delivering the opinion were paid for by the Libyan government, The Sunday Telegraph reported .

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The release of al-Megrahi, the only Libyan terrorist convicted of the 1988 bombing of a Pan American jet that killed 270 people over Lockerbie, Scotland, was greeted with international condemnation. Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill granted al-Megrahi’s release based in part on the findings of the medical panel that his case qualified for compassionate grounds, which is defined as prisoner having three months or less to live.

The Sunday Telegraph said two of the three doctors provided three-month estimates, with the third also reportedly indicating that the prisoner had a short time to live—a prognosis one of the doctors said was encouraged by the Libyans.

“The figure of three months was suggested as being helpful (by the Libyans),” Dr. Karol Sikora told the newspaper.


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 Sep 06, 2009 at 08:34 PM Loshon Hora Says:

They should be investigated & licenses revoked if found to be true.
I think the Government of Gordon Brown should call a no confedence vote already, & allow new elections. They are embarrassing the one time empire, it seems as though the sun has set on Great Britain.

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 Sep 06, 2009 at 08:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Y didn't they inject the lethal drug to prove it?

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 Sep 06, 2009 at 08:18 PM Anonymous Says:

I cannot believe they would rely on Libyan medical advice...this is a shanda.

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 Sep 06, 2009 at 08:50 PM Anonymous Says:

How do you prove it? Just because it makes good headlines doesn't make it the truth. On the other hand these days when patriotism is only about more money in your pocket who knows maybe it is true...

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 Sep 06, 2009 at 10:26 PM Dr. Z Says:

A major problem in medical halacha is the ne'emanus of the rofeh. There have been quite a few cases wherein the rofeh's statements are suspect, and an investigation reveals that the rofeh had a vested interest in the outcome, either for financial or philosophical reasons. Buyer beware! Rabbonim need to take this into account.

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 Sep 06, 2009 at 09:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Oh I wish president reagan was still president , he would have never landed in libya

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 Sep 07, 2009 at 12:07 AM Anonymous Says:

What is Michael Savages life span? Maybe they will take him off theyr terrorist list for that?

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 Sep 07, 2009 at 06:39 AM Aron Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

I cannot believe they would rely on Libyan medical advice...this is a shanda.

Apparently, this was not a Libyan medical team. It most likely was a Scottish medical team paid for by Libya. This arrangenement would make their opinions highly suspect. I would surmise that the only reason their opinions were accepted was because the Scottish (read: British) wanted to accept it so they can justify releasing him.

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 Sep 07, 2009 at 06:33 AM 5T Resident Says:

I daven every day that scientists will soon discover a safe, clean, alternative energy source to replace oil. Once the world no longer needs oil to survive, all of these barbarians, from Chavez in Venezuela to that vilde chaya in Iran to the fat-bellied despots in Saudi Arabia will lose all of their power. I hope to see it in my lifetime.

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 Sep 07, 2009 at 08:53 AM formally Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

Oh I wish president reagan was still president , he would have never landed in libya

of course it would happened and maybe even given someone weapons or some other underhanded illegal thing with Oliver North

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 Sep 07, 2009 at 10:18 AM Albert Einstein Says:

Reply to #9  
5T Resident Says:

I daven every day that scientists will soon discover a safe, clean, alternative energy source to replace oil. Once the world no longer needs oil to survive, all of these barbarians, from Chavez in Venezuela to that vilde chaya in Iran to the fat-bellied despots in Saudi Arabia will lose all of their power. I hope to see it in my lifetime.

There is a safe, clean, alternative energy source to replace oil. It's been around for a half century. It's called nuclear energy.

For political reasons, it has never taken hold in the US.

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 Sep 07, 2009 at 01:26 PM dovid Says:

nice pajamas! do all the patients thgere have those kind of hospital garb?
why does he need glasses? to see the malach hamoves?

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 Sep 07, 2009 at 07:40 PM Anonymous Says:

This can only happen in the socialsit country of what used to be Great Britian. I can't wait to see Gorden Brown resign!

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 Jun 08, 2010 at 11:16 AM Appareils photo Fujifilm Says:

But now I have rush at to believe that the fit domain is an enigma, a innocuous poser that is made terrible on our own fuming attempt to spell out it as supposing it had an underlying truth.

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