This is turning into murky tale of claim and counter-claim and the 'angels on the head of a pin' argument between release under the Prisoner Transfer Agreement and compassionate release.
The whole situation is filthy, and no-one is emerging with any credit.
Let's start by destroying the straw man: if Kenny MacAskill thought that al-Megrahi was innocent, then he should have released him on those grounds, not some other spurious excuse. It seems that if not entirely and solely responsible, al-Megrahi was 'involved' to some extent, and may have been scape-goated for that reason.
We now have a very nasty oil-for-prisoner deal that has been approved by Westminster and pushed through by Holyrood.
Cui bono?* Big oil. Join the dots and draw the picture.
Did you know that al-Megrahi is actually on parole, and his parole officer is an employee of North Lanarkshire Council? His parole officer phones him (I think) weekly to check he is abiding by the terms of his release. Can you imagine the calls:
PO: Did you stay at home between the hours of 7pm and 7am?
PO: I heard you were drinking Buckie and hanging out with the young Tripoli Tong?
al-M: Not true.
PO: Have you been associating with any known criminals?
al-M: Well, Muammar al Gathafi is a cousin....
PO: Report back to the office next week, as you have broken your parole!
This is turning into a mess that is only going to get worse, andI can already visualise the Scottish Labour Election Broadcast showing saltires fluttering in the Libyan wind.....
Such a parcel of rogues in two nations!
* Italian Gaelic - "Who benefits?"