[QODLink]
Africa
Video: Bomber's homecoming slammed
US government and Lockerbie victims criticise the release of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi.
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2009 12:42 GMT




Huge crowds have welcomed Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, who was convicted of carrying out the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, as he returned home to Libya, Al Jazeera's Clayton Swisher reports.

Al-Megrahi, who is suffering from terminal prostate cancer, was freed from a Scottish jail on Thursday on compassionate grounds.

However, the decision has prompted an angry reponse in the United States, whose nationals accounted for the majority of the 270 people killed in the bombing of Pan Am 103.

Washington has called his release a "mistake", while many of his victims' families have complained that al-Megrahi is being shown the mercy that he never showed to them.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
Growing poverty is strengthening a trend among UK Muslims to fund charitable work closer to home.
A groundbreaking study from Johns Hopkins University shows that for big segments of the US population it is.
Critics claim a vaguely worded secrecy law gives the Japanese government sweeping powers.
A new book looks at Himalayan nation's decades of political change and difficult transition from monarchy to democracy.
The Church of Christ built a $200m megachurch while analysts say members vote in a block.
join our mailing list