THE CAMP ZEIST VERDICT: COLD STARE OF MASS MURDERER.Byline: JAMES TAIT
MURDERER Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi stared straight ahead as the High Court judges declared him guilty of killing 270 people.
The father showed no emotion as just feet away, the victims' relatives, cried out with joy and relief that after 12 years, they knew who had killed their sons and daughters.
On the other side of the court, Al Megrahi's family wept in disbelief.
The contrasting scenes came as the tension, built up during the 84 days of the trial, was broken two minutes after former Libyan intelligence officer Megrahi, 48, and Al Amin Al-Amin Ibne Abdullah (born September 6, 1972 in Mymensingh, Dhaka) is a former First-class cricketer who played 6 First-class games and 6 List A matches for Barisal Division in the 2000/01 Bangladesh domestic season. Khalifa Fhimah arrived in the dock.
Both wore the flowing traditional Arab robes robe
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a. An official garment worn on formal occasions to show office or rank, as by a judge or high church official.
b. An academic gown.
c. , and Fhimah, 44, fidgeted nervously as the judges took their place on the bench.
The silence seemed suffocating suf·fo·cate
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2. To impair the respiration of; asphyxiate.
3. after Lord Sutherland confirmed to clerk of court Clerk of Court clerk n → Protokollführer(in) m(f) Allan Moffat Allan George Moffat, OBE', (born November 10, 1939 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) is an Australian racing driver known for his success in the Australian Touring Car Championship and his four wins at Bathurst. that the judges had reached their verdict.
Then he said the two words that released the a tide of emotion: "Guilty, unanimously."
A smile flickered across Fhimah's face as he was acquitted, before he left the court with a whisper to Al Megrahi.
Before sentencing, Lord Advocate (Scot.) the public prosecutor of crimes, and principal crown lawyer.
See also: Advocate Colin Boyd QC, reminded the court of the victims of the atrocity.
He said: "More than 400 parents lost a son or a daughter. Forty-six parents lost their only child.
"More than 140 children lost a parent. Sixty-five people were widowed. Seven children lost both parents. Eleven men lost their wives."
Al Megrahi's gaze didn't waver as Lord Sutherland told him: "The mandatory sentence is life."
Leaving his co-accused facing 20 years in Barlinnie jail, Glasgow, Fhimah smirked as he left Camp Zeist under police escort last night.