Americans who suckle soma-laced milk from the American Press' teat are outraged that Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has been released to Libya. Yet it seems that he should have been released:
There were question marks too over Tony Gauci, a Maltese shopkeeper who was the only man to identify Megrahi. His evidence was that the Libyan, who he picked out at an identity parade, had bought the clothes at his shop.
But his police statements are inconsistent, and prosecutors failed to tell the defence that shortly before he attended an identity parade [what we in America call a police line-up], Mr Gauci had seen a magazine article showing a picture of Megrahi, and speculating he might have been involved.
Mr Gauci now lives in Australia, and according to defence claims is believed to have been paid several million dollars by the Americans for his evidence.