Victim's Sister: Release Of Terrorist Humane

Lisa Gibson: Pan Am Flight 103 Bomber Will Be Judged By God

A Libyan national sentenced to life in prison for the terrorist bombing of Pan Am flight 103 was released Thursday after serving just eight years behind bars.

Abdel Baset al-Megrahi is suffering from advanced prostate cancer.

He was recently given months to live.

Al-Megrahi's release has angered many family members of those killed when the Pan Am flight went down over Lockerbie, Scotland.

But a Colorado woman, whose brother was among the victims, told 7NEWS that she's at peace with Scotland's decision.

"It was the humane thing to do," Lisa Gibson said.

Gibson remembers the night she and her family learned that her brother Ken was on board the flight.

“It was instantly a shock. I was pretty much in denial till my brother’s body actually arrived home,” she said.

Ken Gibson was in the Army. He was on his way home and had made a last minute flight change.

“We were all angry,” Gibson added, after learning the jetliner had been targeted by terrorists.

“As a Christian, I know it was wrong to hate,” she said. “I needed to respond with forgiveness, but forgiveness of whom?”

After struggling with her loss for years, Gibson decided she needed to go to Libya.

She wanted to find out what the people were like.

She said at first they were skeptical of her, but then learned she meant them no harm.

The Colorado Springs resident helped found the Peace & Prosperity Alliance. The organization’s goal is to build bridges of understanding between the people of Libya and the U.S. and to help prevent future terrorist acts.

When asked what she thought when she saw al-Megrahi walk to freedom, Gibson responded, “When I first found out about the possibility that he might be released, I was a little concerned.”

She said she worried that he might cause problems for some of the other families or that he might get involved in another terrorist act.

But when she learned that he had inoperable cancer she changed her mind.

“What I see the Scottish government doing is they’re responding in the most compassionate and the most honorable way that they can. It’s probably better than we could have ever expected from a country like Libya.”

Gibson said she knows other families are struggling with the decision.

“My heart goes out to them. Many of them are unfortunately still crippled in anger and bitterness,” Gibson said. “I know that the path I’ve taken is the road less traveled.”

Gibson received a letter from al-Megrahi. The convicted bomber denies responsibility for the act.

“I believe that true justice will only come when God adjudicates him in Heaven,” Gibson said.

Gibson has written a book about her experience.

She said she plans to go back to Libya next spring to help teach English to Libyan children.

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