Lockerbie Bomber Near Death in Hospital Says Libya

September 1, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Convicted Lockerbie bomber, al-Megrahi is reportedly in a Tripoli hospital near death surrounded by his family, after his controversial release from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds last month. A British television station aired footage yesterday, of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in the hospital, wearing an oxygen mask and looking quite ill.

The Libyan Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Siala, confirmed that al-Megrahi was in the hospital and described him as a “dying man.”

“He is in the hospital, he is a dying man, it is normal than he came to spend his last few days in Libya,” said Siala to The Associated Press.

Al-Megrahi was convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing all 259 people on board and 11 people on the ground. Scotland released him Aug. 20 on compassionate grounds to spend his last days at home with family, because doctors confirmed that he was dying of prostate cancer and had only three months to live.

His release sparked disgust and outrage after Al-Megrahi returned home to Libya to a hero’s welcome, with flag waving and cheering crowds.

In recent days, evidence has surfaced to support claims that Scotland and Britain sought to release the Lockerbie bomber in exchange for lucrative oil deals with Libya, a claim that both governments deny.

The Sunday Times reported on damning correspondence obtained between the British and Scottish governments, agreeing for al-Megrahi to be included in a prisoner transfer agreement because it was in the U.K.’s “overwhelming interests,” in the midst of negotiating for a major oil deal.

A spokeswoman at Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s office said all “relevant correspondence” between British ministers and the Scottish executive over al-Megrahi would be released Tuesday.

Meanwhile, there is no way to independently verify al-Megrahi’s condition, with Libyan officials offering few details.



One Response to “Lockerbie Bomber Near Death in Hospital Says Libya”

  1. SludgeHeap on September 1st, 2009 11:57 am

    How shameful that this murderer is allowed the dignity of dying at home, and after a fake hero’s welcome at that, while many of his victims died in a foreign land. I first learned of Khadafi through Hollywood (See Airwolf), and the bombing just reinforced that his country’s villany wasn’t so fictional after all.
    Ahh, how politics can trump justice.

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