Can President Romney Put the Lockerbie Bomber on Trial?
Reacting to the still-imminent fall of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, U.S. presidential candidate (and likely future president if you believe these polls) Mitt Romney has called for the extradition of the mastermind of Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi, to the United States. The demand raises an interesting dilemma. Megrahi was tried and convicted in a special Scottish tribunal set up specifically for the Lockerbie case. He was serving time, and then released in the belief he was terminally ill. He miraculously recovered, however. In any event, is there a double jeopardy problem?
The U.S. can try him separately without concerns about double jeopardy, unless the U.S. somehow officially can be held somehow responsible for the original trial. I don’t think it can, unless there is something about that original trial I am unaware of. Still, a second trial would at least raise a policy dilemma. He was tried, convicted and sentenced. Would it really be appropriate to try him again, even if we could?