Scots Lawmakers Vote Not to Back Lockerbie Release

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) - Scotland's Parliament has voted to reject the government's decision to release the Lockerbie bomber.

The Scottish Parliament rejected a government bid to gain an endorsement of its decision to free Abdel Baset al-Megrahi. The Libyan was convicted in the 1988 attack on a Pan Am airliner that killed 270 people.

The government had asked the parliament to endorse the decision as "consistent with the principles of Scottish justice." But by a 73-50 vote, the legislators backed an opposition amendment condemning Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill's decision as mishandled - and saying they disagreed with the government's action.

The vote is largely symbolic and was not an attempt to topple the Scottish government.

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