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Complainant Name:
Ms Joyce McFarlane

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Scotsman

Complaint:

Ms Joyce McFarlane complained that an article about Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi contained the inaccurate statement that Scottish law dictated that a terminally ill prisoner must have less than three months to live to be eligible for compassionate release.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved by the publication of the following correction:

Further to our report of 27 August "Ordinary prison GP - not cancer expert - told MacAskill bomber had three months to live", we wish to point out that Scots law does not state that a terminally ill prisoner must have less than three months to live to be eligible for compassionate release, as reported. While three months is referred to as the crucial point in guidelines, a prisoner can be released on licence at any time if the Secretary of State is satisfied of compassionate grounds to justify it.

Report: 79



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