CNN Exclusive: Lockerbie bomber comatose, near death, family says
CNN found Abdel Basset al-Megrahi under the care of his family in his palatial Tripoli villa Sunday.
August 28th, 2011
05:05 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: Lockerbie bomber comatose, near death, family says

Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi is comatose, near death and likely to take secrets of the attack on Pan Am Flight 103 to his grave.

CNN found al-Megrahi under the care of his family in his palatial Tripoli villa Sunday, surviving on oxygen and an intravenous drip. The cancer-stricken former Libyan intelligence officer may be the last man alive who knows precisely who in the Libya government authorized the bombing, which killed 270 people.

"We just give him oxygen. Nobody gives us any advice," his son, Khaled al-Megrahi, told CNN.

Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi was freed from a prison in Scotland in 2009 after serving eight years of a life sentence for blowing up the Pan Am jet, killing all 259 on board and 11 in the town of Lockerbie below. Doctors who had been treating him for prostate cancer gave him just three months to live, and he was released on compassionate grounds.

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  1. raven

    Although I hate to see ANYONE suffer, I dont understand why they let him out on compassionate grounds. Most inmates die if their sentence is longer than their lifespan and he was responsible for HUNDREDS of deaths. His time has long since passed and now he is just a burden on his family .

    August 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Meant die in prison when their sentence is longer than their lifespan .

    August 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Slap on the face to the victims and their families. They should have let the worthless b@st ard rot in prison.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I don't understand it either.
    After all, he wasn't very compassionate towards the people he destroyed along with the airplane.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Adam

    He was sentenced in europe, so he gets 0.25 years per person he kills. It's the european way.

    August 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    And people b!tch about American justice...

    August 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Adam

    @banasy©: I think people complain about capital punishment here in America and I would tend to agree, however the european model is too extreme in the other direction. My biggest gripe is the revolving door mentality and the fact that our leaders are no more honest than many criminals. I would speculate that our leaders should know better due to the fact that many grew up privileged and well educated, but a common criminal normally comes from a bad family.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    I can't argue Adam's valid points with one exception. Those leaders that are dishonest, are guilty of white collar crimes, while many criminals are guilty or capable of violent crimes-big difference.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    I know this happened a long time ago, but most of those people would be alive today if it wasn't for that horrible crime. A sad note, the public outrage is gone.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Oh, a coma.
    I'll believe it after the funeral and publication of DNA identification.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jon

    Die sucker

    August 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ben

    Don't need him to give it up anyway, the government's gone.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jon

    May the curse of a million kidney stones afflict him before he takes his last breath.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzzzz

    Oh, really...I'm surprised! or is he faking it cause he's gotten death threats, hmmm

    August 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. heather

    He deserves far worse than cancer. To bad he is in a coma. He deserves to feel all the pain and have no respite.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
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