The Smoking Gun has posted excerpts from the application for early release of the Lockerbie bomber, the ex-Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi.
It was reported by the medical officer who has been responsible for Al-Megrahi's treatment while in prison that the man who killed 270 people in an act of state-sponsored terrorism misses his elderly mother and also "reported a feeling of isolation--cultural, religious, social and language.”
Well, yes, I should hope so. He was in prison, after all, and one expects that separation from loved ones and isolation would be central to the prison experience. In fact, that's pretty much the whole purpose of prison.
Would it really have offended the sensitivities of the Scottish authorities to keep Al-Megrahi locked up a while longer until they could have returned him to his family in a box, the same way his 270 innocent victims were returned to theirs?