Scots Seek Probe Of Libyan's Release

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Scottish lawmakers grilled the official who freed the Libyan agent convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, as support mounted for inquiries into both that decision and the original conviction.

In a special parliamentary session Monday, Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill defended his move to release terminally ill Abdel Baset al-Megrahi despite vehement opposition from the U.S., saying the decision was his alone and wasn't affected by political or economic concerns.

Mr. MacAskill expressed "great regret" at the hero's welcome Mr. al-Megrahi received on his return to Tripoli last week, saying that the Libyan government had promised to keep the homecoming discreet.

"It was my decision, I stand by it, and I'll live with the consequences," the minister said.

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