This morning, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon defended the Scottish Government's decision to release Megrahi from prison in 2009:
– Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland
Compassion is a long-standing principle in the Scottish criminal justice system. (Justice Secretary) Kenny MacAskill took the decision to release Megrahi on compassionate grounds because he was dying of terminal prostate cancer. One of the things that I hope will happen as a result of Megrahi's death is that some of the wilder conspiracy theories surrounding his release will now be laid to rest. He did have terminal prostate cancer and he died of terminal prostate cancer.