Professor Karol Sikora describes the situation as a bit “embarrassing.” Sikora was hired by the Libyan government to find that terrorist Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi had less than three months to live. While other doctors refused to make such a finding, Sikora did so. The Scottish government decided to release Megrahi, 58 — the only person convicted of the 1988 bombing of a US Pan Am jumbo jet over Lockerbie killing 270 people. He was released on compassionate grounds in August 2009.
Megrahi was a former Libyan intelligence officer, head of security for Libyan Arab Airlines, and director of the Centre for Strategic Studies in Tripoli, Libya.
Sikora, the dean of medicine at Buckingham University and medical director of CancerPartnersUK in London, insisted that “[t]here was always a chance he could live for 10 years, 20 years … But it’s very unusual.” He then proceeds to say “[i]t was clear that three months was what they were aiming for. Three months was the critical point. . . On the balance of probabilities, I felt I could sort of justify [that].”
Megrahi has been treated as a national hero in Libya.
Technically, the formal recommendation for release was made by Dr. Andrew Fraser, director of health and care at the Scottish Prison Service (SPS).
Former Justice Secretary Jack Straw admitted last year that trade and oil agreements were an essential part of the British government’s decision to include Megrahi in a previously planned prisoner transfer agreement with Libya. Straw told the Scots that Megrahi’s release was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom.” It appears that his medical condition then became demonstrably worse.