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Open Letter to FBI Chief, Mr Mueller with regard to the release of the Lockerbie convict

by Astrid Essed Tuesday, Sep. 01, 2009 at 6:49 AM

The criticism of FBI Chief, Mr Mueller about the release of the Lockerbie convict, Mr Megrahi, calling it a ''mockery of Justice'' is contrary humanitarian values and a return to the Dark Middle Ages. Muellers point of view is the real ''mockery of Justice'' here.

''The civilisation of a country is being measured by the way it treats its adversaries''


Dear Editors and Readers,

Recently the Scottish government has decided to release the Lockerbie convict, Mr Megrahi, on humanitarian grounds, since he is dying of prostate cancer and has only 3 months to live.


Not only this decision is according to the commonly accepted principle, that seriously or terminally ill prisoners should be released, it also is according humanitarian values and principles of civilisation


However, especially in certain American political circles, this decision is not only received with harsh criticism, also Mrs Clinton, US Foreign Secretary of State, has tried to pressure the Scottish government to prevent release, happily without any result


Not only this criticism is utterly hypocritical, especially with regard to the unpunished American bombings on Libya in 1988 by which more than 300 civilians have died [1], it is also contrary humanitarian values and principles of civilisation

The worst criticism, however, stemmed from Mr Mueller, Director of the FBI.

In a letter to the Scottish government he called the release ''a mockery of Justice''

Also he wrote to the Scottish Authorities

'''Your action gives comfort to terrorists around the world.'


To show him a lesson in civilisation and human rights, I have written to him underlying letter, which I like to forward to you under P/S

Kind greetings

Astrid Essed


The Netherlands


American bombings on Libya



BBC News

15 1986 US launches airstrikes on Libya

See also:

Article Mr A Veldhof [Dutch Labour politician]

''American and other terrorists''

From September 11th, 1973 to September 11th 2001

Translation of ''Terrorists versus terrorists'', Parool [Dutch newspaper, addition Astrid Essed], 15th march 2003





''The civilisation of a country is being measured by the way it treats its adversaries''


''No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. ''

Article 5, Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Dear Mr Mueller,

By this letter I would like to draw your attention for the following

I have learnt with deep concern and indignation about your condemnation of the releasement of the Lockerbie convict, Mr Megrahi, on humanitarian grounds, who is dying of prostate cancer

In a letter to the Scottish Minister of Justice Mr Mac Askill you write among else, that this releasement is a ''mockery of Justice'' and '''Your action gives comfort to terrorists around the world.'

Your point of view is not only in contrary with the widespread principle, that seriously or terminally ill prisoners must be released, it is also contrary the fundamental humanitarian values and principles of civilisation

As you'll know, the releasement of seriously ill prisoners is a commonly ackowldged principle

In this spirit of humanity, the Scottish government has acted

Also recently, the Dutch Queen Beatrix recently has pardoned a terminally ill prisoner, who has committed a double murder [1]

In the second place it will be known to you, that the right on humanity and dignity is one of the key principles of human rights.

In this case, this implies the right of any dying or seriously ill prisoner, to spent his last days or months in dignity, surrounded by his family and friends, regardless the committed crime

The denial of that right is barbarious and a return to the Dark Middle Ages, and in contrary with the main principles of christianity, Judaism and Islam

THAT would be a ''mockery of Justice''

Of course I strongly condemn the Lockerbie bombings in 1988, by which 270 people have died and I agree, that such crimes should be strictly punished

But since Mr Megrahi has served punishment already, his releasement is only a matter of humanity

Therefore I applaud the decision of the Scottish government, which is based on real humanity and true christian principles


Your remark about ''comfort to terrorists around the world'' suggests, that you deny fundamental human rights to real or alleged ''terrorists''.

This is very alarming, certainly for someone who has to serve the Law

May I kindly remind you of the fact, that human rights are universal, regardless of the person or committed crime

An important human right implies the release OF ANY TERMINALLY ILL PRISONER, regardless of the committed crime, to die in dignity.

Whether it concerns a non-political crime, a terror-crime or an American soldier, who is convicted for murder in Iraq [2]

I speak out hope, that you may return to the true principles of humanity, based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and christianity

Kind regards

Your sincerely

Astrid Essed


The Netherlands



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