The Church of Scotland today praised the decision that
meant Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was released
today on compassionate grounds by Justice Minister Kenny
Reverend Ian Galloway, convener of the Church and Society
Council of the Church of Scotland, said: “This decision
has sent a message to the world about what it is to be Scottish.
We are defined as a nation by how we treat those who have
chosen to hurt us. Do we choose mercy even when they did
not chose mercy?
"This was not about whether one man was guilty or
innocent. Nor is it about whether he had a right to mercy
but whether we as a nation, despite the continuing pain
of many, are willing to be merciful. I understand the deep
anger and grief that still grips the souls of the victims’
families and I respect their views.
"But to them I would say justice is not lost in acting
in mercy. Instead our deepest humanity is expressed for
the better. To choose mercy is the tough choice and today
our nation met that challenge
"We have gained something significant as a Nation
by this decision. It is a defining moment for all of us”