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August 16th, 2010
08:35 AM ET

A Cancer Experts Regrets and the Lockerbie Bomber…

Professor Karol Sikora was one of three experts who said Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi probably had only three months to live when Scottish officials decided to free him last August and allowed him to return home.

But now one year later, Meghrai, who is being treated for prostate cancer is still alive.

Sikora, one of three experts who assessed al-Megrahi's health for Libyan authorities, was quoted by Britain's Observer newspaper Sunday as saying he should have been more cautious about the chances of survival.

"If I could go back in time, I would have probably been more vague and tried to emphasize the statistical chances and not hard fact," Sikora was quoted as saying.

Now we want you to tell us what you think… Four U.S. Senators sent a letter to Scotland's first minister asking that Al-Megrahi's full medical records be disclosed.....

Do you think they should be? Email us your comments and Kyra will read some of them in the 10amest hour.


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  1. Scott Stodden

    Mr Al-Megrahi Looked Perfectly Fine To Me In The Video Where He's Waving To The Crowd Last August So Yeah I Think Scotland Should Release All Medical Reports To The U.S.-This Man Is Killer And Maybe He Does Have Prostate Cancer But That Shouldn't Require Him To Be Released From Prison For The Murder Of Inncent Americans, All The American Victims Would Be Rolling Over In There Graves To Know What Really Is Going On And Have Probably All Rolled Over 3 Or 4 Times Already SInce The Release Of The Murderer Abdel Baset Al-Megrahi!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    August 16, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  2. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The medical records should be made part of an investigation to disbar the doctor or doctor's from practicing medicine this was no regular diagnoses but instead a diagnoses of national importance that was handled with careless hands and the ones who did it should be held responsible .

    August 16, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  3. umadpis

    Wasn't it clear at time as it is now that the whole deal of
    releasing the multi-murderer was corrupt, with the british and scottish authorities at all levels participating, and the doctors sacrificing their professional integrity for something of higher value? Remains to be uncovered what that value was.

    August 16, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  4. Anna Burke

    As a Scot, I am appalled that Al-Megrahi was freed. However, you can be sure that it had nothing to do with the Scottish Government, who, although believed to be independant of the British Government, still cow-tow to them. There is more to this thatn meets the eye, I am sure. The questions I would ask would be the usual ones. "Who would profit from his release?" "What was to be gained from his release?" and "Who started the proceedings to release him?"The answer is the Westminster, home of the British Government. Scotland will always be a puppet for the English. We have always been the guinea pigs for new legistlations. The Scottish people are appalled that Al-Megrahi was freed. He traumatized a whole village and killed Scottish people, too. Rest assured that the Scots are on the side of the people of the United States. "They" ( British Government) may have taken our freedom, but they will never take our integrity!

    August 16, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  5. James Kelly

    Anna Burke : The previous Labour/Liberal Democrat government in Scotland may have routinely "cow-towed" to London, but the idea that the current nationalist administration does so is demonstrably silly. They took the decision on their own, they stand by that decision, and they're correct to do so. As for Scottish people being "appalled" by Megrahi's release, public opinion is in fact split on the matter.

    The letter from the senators asking for Megrahi's medical records is a pointless publicity stunt. They innocently ask "if Megrahi's permission is required, please ask for it". Well, yes, of course it's required, and, no, of course he's not going to give it, and after all why should he? It's a complete waste of everyone's time.

    And, yet again, this post gives the misleading impression that Sikora's opinion played a part in Megrahi's release. It didn't.

    August 16, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  6. ken

    Thousands of men die every year from prostate cancer. It is imposible to predict exactly when a person is going to die from cancer. U.S. Presidents and governors pardon murderers for compassionate reasons and sometimes for political reasons. General Lee and Jeff Davis the confederate president were responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of americans during the civil war and they were pardoned by president Lincoln. We have killed a million people in iraq because we though they had WMDs. This is all about vengeance not about prostate cancer.

    August 16, 2010 at 12:24 pm |
  7. orlando hawkins

    I am intrigued to know if Sikora comments even played a part in the release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi? If this is not true I have no choice but to question why the media is diverting the attention from the main issue, which is, why is a killer even being released in the first place? The mention of Megrahi having prostate cancer is a red herring due to the fact that it gives the impression that "yes he is sick but we also screwed up in how longer he had to live" which has nothing to do with the issue.

    From my understanding of the prison system, one should not be released because they are about to kick the bucket soon, which leaves me to ask two questions: What were the true motive of Megrahi's release & why is there so much controversy obtaining the medical records(unless there is something to hide)?

    August 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  8. anjela

    Wait...what? A doctor is regretting that a patient hasn't died yet? Isn't that a violation of The Hippocratic Oath somehow? Not so sure I would like to have this person as my doctor. But then are they a doctor?And iIf not, why would the Scots be taking such advice from someone that wasn't a doctor in the first place? I thought this was 2010 and humans were a bit wiser......silly me.

    August 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  9. Eric

    When a person is sentenced to life in prison, that means their whole life. That means the person stays in prison until death. This was not a life sentence. He needs to be put back in prison. That is the best way to correct that mistake. People who kill mass amounts of innocent people should never be set free or be allowed to live.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm |
  10. Anna Burke

    James Kelly: The Liberal Democrats have never been in power in Scotland. This fact is incorrect, as are many others in your repost.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  11. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    It was a bad choice since he had a life sentence anyway. Releasing his medical records will do nothing since the horse is already out of the barn. Let this be a lesson learned the hard way and should never happen again.

    August 17, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  12. Tony Vazquez

    It's important to not spank, hit, or slap a child of any age. Babies and toddlers are especially unlikely to be able to make any connection between their behavior and physical punishment. They will only feel the pain of the hit. This Mother should have provided a familiar environment to the child, security blanket, toy, movie or a story. Planes can be very intimidating to a 1 year old.

    August 17, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  13. vic

    A lot has been said about the release of Al-Megrahi . In my opinion he shouldn't have been released but at the same time I would like to point out that US has refused to extradite one Mr headley who is involved in Mumbai shootout in which more than 200 people died. Why such double standards?

    August 18, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  14. Ed

    Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi should be recaptured. Scottland should be bombed. British Petrolium should be seized by the US Government and sold and divided the sale $ to all American.

    August 23, 2010 at 8:44 am |