Thursday, December 09, 2010

Pan Am 103 Bomber Reportedly On Death's Door

The Libyan former intelligence agent convicted of the Lockerbie bombing is in a coma and close to death, according to reports Thursday. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi was released from Scottish prison back in August 2009 and Libya welcomed him with open arms, and the circumstances of that release are questionable. He was given a compassionate release based on his medical condition, prostate cancer, for which doctors supposedly gave him just weeks to live.
Relatives told Britain's Sky News that al-Megrahi has been in a coma for about a week.

"He is on life support and has been for some days. Many people have been waiting for him to die," a source close to his family told the broadcaster. "That day is coming very soon. Every day, his loved ones expect it to be his last."
Britain's Daily Telegraph quoted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi as saying al-Megrahi's health has "deteriorated badly." Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said it appeared unlikely that the bomber would be alive to see the Dec. 21 anniversary of the 1988 attack on Pan Am Flight 103.

The release of al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in the bombing, fueled anger in the U.S. as 189 of the 270 victims were American.

A cache of cables from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli describing the run-up to the decision to free al-Megrahi was released Wednesday by WikiLeaks .
Yet, after his release he was seen living large and in apparent good health. His condition apparently caught up with.

Justice was not served in this case as Megrahi served just a few days for each of the 270 people murdered when Pan Am 103 was blown up. He was supposed to have served life in prison.

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