President Ronald Reagan has decided that the United States will pay compensation to the families of the 290 passengers killed when an Iranian jetliner was shot down by an American warship."The president remains personally saddened at the tragic death of the innocent victims and decided to offer compensation in keeping with the humanitarian traditions of our nation," said Marlin Fitzwater, the White House spokesman.But Fitzwater added that the president believes that the downing of the Iranian airliner was a "justifiable defensive action."
Back to the Present - Currently, professor Hans Kochler, the former UN monitor of the Lockerbie trial, is attacking the Scottish media for its coverage, or rather lack of it, of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi's extraordinary second appeal against his conviction."As far as Lockerbie is concerned I can't understand why more isn't being done by the European country that was most concerned with it. There is a lot at stake: the rule of law, security, the role of international terrorism. Why isn't somebody trying to find out why the authorities are now trying to withhold evidence and delaying everything?" Kochler asked. Read full story