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Report: Lockerbie Bomber Still Alive But Near Death

Sunday, 28 Aug 2011 08:42 PM

 

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Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al Megrahi’s family says that he was “comatose” and “near death” Sunday, CNN reported.

Libya’s new government also said Sunday it would not consider his extradition.

From a posh villa in Tripoli, Megrahi’s son and mother told CNN that responsibility for his care has been left to them now that rebels fighting Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi have taken over Tripoli.

The 59-year-old, who has terminal cancer, is surviving on oxygen and an intravenous drip.

"There is no doctor. There is nobody to ask. We don't have any phone line to call anybody," his son, Khaled Elmegarhi, told CNN reporter Nic Robertson at the villa.

Megrahi, 59, a former Libyan intelligence officer, was the only person convicted in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet which killed 270 people -- many of them Americans -- when it exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland. He was sentence to life in prison, but was released in 2009 amid controversy due to health concerns. Officials believed at the time that he had just three months to live.

Megrahi was given a hero’s welcome by the Gadhafi regime.

But Megrahi held on to life much longer than expected, and in July 2011 even made a public appearance at a Tripoli rally in support of the Libyan leader

With the fall of Gadhafi's regime eminent, many have been calling for Megrahi’s extradition.

Rebel leaders, however, who have begun to set up a government in Tripoli, said they would reject any attempt to return Megrahi to prison in Scotland.

The rebel Justice Minister Mohammed al-Alagi told journalists in Tripoli Sunday that no Libyan citizen would be deported.

 

 

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