Politics and prisoners

Why all the excitement in the news about the release of al-Megrahi?  He was only tried because of a political deal.  He was handed over by Libya in order to begin the process of normalising its relations with the UK and US.  The Libyan government was overt about its motives and always said al-Megrahi was innocent.  His trial was conducted under Scottish law but in the Netherlands (and EU observers criticised the conviction as unsafe).  So why should we be surprised if politics has intervened again?

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