– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 26th August 2010.

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Question S3W-35612

To ask the Scottish Executive how much it would have cost to keep Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi under supervision (a) in a hospice and (b) at home since his release from prison.

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

Advice from Strathclyde police, at the time of Mr Al-Megrahi’s release, indicated that, if Mr Al Megrahi had been released to his home in Newton Mearns, the cost of maintaining the appropriate level of protection would have been in the region of £100,000 a week. This estimate does not include the additional protection costs which would have been incurred by trips to hospital or if his family had been residing in the home.

Had Mr Al Megrahi been released to a hospice, the expectation would be that the security costs would be at least at this level, and quite probably higher if a larger premises had to be secured.

Given that the variable cost of patient care (including accommodation costs and medical treatment which is patient specific) among hospices it has not been possible to determine accurately the additional costs that would have been incurred on these.

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