September 2, 2009

SOME MATTERS JUST DON'T BELONG IN COURT:

Megrahi should never have been freed: The result is a triumph for state terrorism and a world-wide boost for the death penalty (Geoffrey Robertson, 9/02/09, Independent)

The bombing of PanAm 103 was a crime against humanity, a particularly heinous offence which every state as a matter of international law has a duty to prosecute and punish and has no power to pardon. For perpetrators of such crimes there can be no forgiveness: there is no time bar on their prosecution and no provision for their early release. We show mercy to the merciless by abjuring torture and the death penalty and by affording them expert medical treatment and family visits when terminally ill. It is part of their punishment that they shall die in some form of custody, because this is the most humane alternative to demands that they die on the scaffold or at the hands of vigilantes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 2, 2009 7:13 AM
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