Qaddafi: How Is Lockerbie Bomber Different from Bulgarian Medics?Diplomacy | August 22, 2009, Saturday // 10:36| views
Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi (C), who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, carrying a stick is helped by a relative upon his arrival at an airport in Tripoli, Libya, late 20 August 2009. Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi flew out of Bri
Libya's President, Muammar Qaddafi, has welcomed the "courage" of the Scottish and UK authorities in their decision to release the Lockebie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi.
The hero's welcome that Al Megrahi, who has terminal prostate cancer, received upon returning to his country led to many protests in the USA and the West.
Qaddafi has thanked his "friend", PM Gordon Brown, and Queen Elizabeth for the "brave historic decision", according to a report of the Libyan information agency JANA.
To reply to Western protests against the hero's welcome that the sentenced Lockerbie bomber has received, Qaddafi has compared his case to that of the six Bulgarian medics who were sentenced to life imprisonment by Libyan court for infecting kids with AIDS in Libya; in 2007, they were transferred to Bulgaria and were pardoned by the Bulgarian President, and give a hero's welcome in Sofia.
Qaddafi has pointed out that he had agreed on the transfer of the six medics to Bulgaria on the condition that they serve the rest of their sentences in a Bulgarian prison.
The Libyan leader has asked how come no one had protested their pardoning and release, and now there were protests against the release of Al Megrahi.
"Perhaps they have feelings, and we don't? Maybe we are donkeys, and they are people? This fuels the feeling of injustice and terrorism that we suffer," Qaddafi has said as quoted by BGNES.
270 people died in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing as a Pan Am passenger jet was blown up over Scotland; the former Libyan secret agent Al Megrahi received a life sentence for it in the late 1990s.
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