Lockerbie bomber now appearing before highest court
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The former Libyan intelligence officer convicted of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland that killed 270 people has died, his brother said on Sunday.An absolute lie. He was guilty as sin, and deserved to go straight to hell. It was justice delayed. Now that he's dead, it's no longer denied, thankfully.
Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, released from a Scottish prison in 2009 and returned to Libya because he was suffering from terminal cancer, had been in and out of hospital for weeks and was taken for an emergency blood transfusion in April.
Megrahi's health had deteriorated quickly overnight, his brother Abdulhakim told Reuters. "He was surrounded by his family and died in his house," he said. He was 60.
"He was too sick to utter anything on his deathbed," Abdulhakim said. "We want people to know he was innocent."
Megrahi was found guilty in 2001 of bombing Pan Am flight 103 as it flew to New York from London on December 21, 1988. All 259 people aboard the aircraft were killed and 11 people in the Scottish town of Lockerbie died from falling wreckage.The UK government of the time - Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's if memory serves - should be ashamed of themselves for the offensive deal they made, and deserved to fail in the last election.
He was jailed in Scotland but sent back to Muammar Gaddafi's Libya by the Scottish authorities on compassionate grounds in 2009 because he was only expected to survive for months.
The decision angered many relatives of the victims, 189 of whom were American, and was criticized by the U.S. administration. A number of U.S. politicians pressed for his extradition to the United States.
So now Megrahi can proceed on his way to hell for all we care.