I'm getting more than a little annoyed about the continuing saga of an American Senate wanting Scottish Ministers to come to the USA to "explain themselves"! Who do these guys think they are? However, a few things need to be made clear.
1) The decision to release Magrahi was made under Scots Law which allows a prisoner an early release under compassionate grounds. American law does not understand compassion, and attending a Senate meeting will not help them to appreciate what this means.
2) We have a Scottish Parliament which dealt with this issue, and any deals that were made, were made independently with the UK Government under Tony Blair. This touched on Prisoner Transfer, and had nothing to do with our Justice Minister's decision.
3) We do not have to answer to anyone or explain how Scots Law works.
4) Most people in Scotland don't believe that Megrahi was anything else other than a "fall guy" anyway. Evidence has been with-held by the USA because it may affect national security. I think it's the USA that need to do some explaining here!
Of course the real problem is that Megrahi is not dead yet. He certainly would be if he'd been tried in America! And the second problem is this. Until we get a full enquiry, and Americans with others are made to provide the info they have, the truth will never be known. The conviction of Megrahi was extremely unsafe anyway.
Actually, Scotland has come out well in all of this. Now, leave us in peace!