The High Court of Justiciary, sitting in Glasgow on 24 November 2003, decided that the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, should serve a sentence of 27 years, backdated to 1999 when he was first taken into custody.  At the trial in 2001 Megrahi was sentenced to life in prison, with a recommendation that he serve at least 20 years in view of the horrendous nature of this crime”.  However