This ending, however, was written in 1998, when the international community decided Scotland would try accused bombers in the Netherlands. The United Kingdom has no death penalty, which is what he deserved. Three Scottish judges unanimously acquitted another suspect in 2001, but found Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence agent "of fairly high rank," guilty. His life sentence made Megrahi eligible for parole after 27 years.
Thanks to MacAskill's sense of compassion, Megrahi walked free after eight years. FBI Director Robert Mueller lambasted MacAskill for a release that "gives comfort to terrorists around the world." But that comfort begins when a country's "justice" officials put their values before any atrocity.