SEX PISTOLS singer JOHN LYDON has waded into the controversy over Britain’s release of the Lockerbie bomber – insisting the “appalling” decision “defies reason”.

A diplomatic row has broken out between the U.K. and the U.S after officials in Scotland freed Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds last month (Aug09).

The Libyan was convicted of planting a bomb aboard a Pan Am jet that exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in December 1988, killing 270 people.

Lydon and his wife Nora Forster were booked on the flight but missed the departure – and he’s furious cancer-stricken al-Megrahi was freed to a “hero’s welcome” in Tripoli because he has just months to live.

He says, “It hit us so deep and so hard. It was appalling to watch him released in such a flippant manner. It defies reason. I’m all for charity but not when you’ve planned the mass murder of so many people.

“We were booked on that Pan Am special back to the States. It was only because Nora couldn’t pack her suitcase in time so we changed the flight last minute. What concerns me is that al-Megrahi returned home a hero. And they are now mocking us.”