Lockerbie Fury Threatens to Topple Scottish Govt.

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2009 2:45 AM CDT
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, right, who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, is greeted by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, in Tripoli.   (AP Photo/Jamahiriya Broadcasting via APTN)
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(Newser) – The Scottish government is in a fight for its life as anger over the release of the Lockerie bomber continues to mount, reports the Times of London. Opposition parties are preparing to hold a confidence vote in the wake of the freeing of Libyan terrorist Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi. The move has been blasted by the US and many in Britain amid reports that the release was part of a deal for favorable oil and gas contracts from Libya.

The ruling Scottish National Party's "credibility at home and abroad is in tatters. Scotland’s must not be allowed to follow with it," said the leader of the Liberal Democrats.  Al-Megrahi, convicted of the bombing of Pan Flight 103 that killed 270 people, returned last week to a hero's welcome in Libya.