Scotland Considers Freeing Convicted Bomber

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There is growing concern that the man who bombed Pan Am flight 103 more than 20 years ago may be released from a Scottish prison.
    
On Thursday, Scotland's justice minister considered Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi's request to leave the prison on compassionate grounds because he is terminally ill with cancer.
     
The former Libyan secret service agent wants to return home to be closer to family.

"Clearly, he is terminally ill, and there are other factors," Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill told the BBC. "But I have made no decision as yet."
    
The judge said he will decide next week, but victims families are already outraged.

Susan Cohen of Cape May Court House, New Jersey, lost her 20-year-old daughter, Theodora, in the attack.

Cohen called the possibility of al-Megrahi leaving prison a "nightmare."

"This is total, pure, ugly appeasement of a terrorist dictator and a monster," Cohen said.

The Rev. John Mosey, from Worcestershire, England, also lost his daughter Helga in the plane crash, but he sees al-Megrahi as another victim.

"Other people and other countries were involved in this," Mosey said. "We should show him some Christian compassion."

The bomb took down Pan Am 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in December of 1988 and killed 270 people.

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