What price the cost of a life? By Brian Binley MP

portrait-brianbinley-2So Mr. Bernard Madoff, who defrauded people of $65 billion and received a life sentence of 150 years, has now got cancer.  Is this the forerunner of an attempt to release him on compassionate grounds?

It’s happened before you know. 

Remember Ernest Saunders.  He was the corrupt Chief Executive of Guinness who was sent to prison for insider trading thereafter claiming he had Alzheimer’s disease and was duly released having experienced a recovery the like of which we haven’t seen since the miracles of Our Lord.

But they all pale into insignificance when set against the dreadful case of Mr. Adbul Baset Ali al-Megrahi who was convicted of killing 270 people in the Lockerbie terrorist atrocity, served just eleven days for each of those lost lives and has now been released on the basis that he has prostrate cancer.  So what?  It is estimated that 50% of the males in this country over 65 have prostate cancer and most of them are not killed by the disease.

Four doctors seemingly examined Mr. Megrahi and only one said that he had less than three months to live – and he was thought to be the doctor sent over from Libya.

What a surprise!  And Mr. Megrahi has now been sent back to a heroes welcome.  

This shameful moral blemish on Britain’s judicial record, clearly organised by the Lord of Darkness himself during meetings with Mr. Gaddafi’s son, and formalised by the Prime Minister just six weeks ago, is the price this Government is prepared to pay to resume trade links with Libya. 

What price the cost of a life?  Surely, the Government should come clean to allow us to evaluate that figure.


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