Reports: Lockerbie bomber dies in Libya
A photo taken on September 9, 2009, shows Lockerbie bomber Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi at a hospital in Tripoli.
May 20th, 2012
09:04 AM ET

Reports: Lockerbie bomber dies in Libya

Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, the Libyan intelligence officer convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988, has died in Libya, according to media reports.

He died at home after a battle with cancer, his brother told Reuters news agency.

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 747, 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.

He received a hero's welcome upon his return to Libya, enraging many in the United States and Britain.

The destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 was the world's deadliest act of air terrorism until the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, according to the FBI.

Al Megrahi was the only person convicted in the case.

As rebels swept into Tripoli two years after al Megrahi's release, politicians on both sides of the Atlantic called for him to be extradited, with the Americans demanding a trial in the United States, and British lawmakers saying he should return to prison in Scotland.

CNN's Nic Robertson tracked al Megrahi down at the palatial villa Moammar Gadhafi had built for him, apparently in a coma and near death. Al Megrahi's family said his son and mother were trying to care for him with oxygen and an intravenous drip, but with no medical advice.

Al Megrahi's death may make it impossible ever to get the full story behind the Lockerbie bombing.

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  1. Caroline

    How come no ones mentioned the victims in Lockerbie itself. I am from scotland,and vividly recall a young boy about 10yrs old,out delivering xmas cards for his mum. He stopped by grans for cup of tea as it was cold, when he went home,his house,parents n most of neighbouring homes were gone. No-one thinks of the lives left behind on that snowy night in Scotland.

    May 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @bobcat(iah) The bended knee activity is over for the day.I just did stand and sit due to my bum knee. I made the old gal happy. You sound like Tori re: the roof collapse but shockingly it didn't.Yes the funny trolls were a riot.

      May 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • OJ

      Thanks for sharing. You are right acts of violence and desicion of men in big offices often claim many civilian lives especially children. The scene repeated its self in Germany, Bosnia, Vitenam, Afghanistan, and Iraq. In the end, the men in the big offices move on with their lives doing other stuff and little boys like the one you mentioned are scared for life.

      May 21, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. dazzle ©

    @bobcat(iah) another good one that is appropos forb today. Did you catch the funny troll last night? If it said gato for me it might have made sense but a duck? LOL

    May 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ©bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ dazzle ©
    Those trolls were hilarious last nite. it was nice that they weren't being mean.

    May 20, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BoogerFree

    It's about time.

    May 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. james ainoris

    upt trial)I thought he was being considered to sit on th U.N. security council as well as receive a nobel peace prize along with kadafee and arafat....crazy huh... there are men in this country like Jonathan Pollard (innocent never a spy),Rubaskin(corrupt trial and judge broke all rules) and Peliteire(innocent american indian who acted in self defense) rotting in jail for decades while this guys recieved a hero s welcome.....crazy world. james ainoris

    May 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wayne

    Reblogged this on luvsiesous and commented:
    The doctors still owe the families an apology.

    And it would be nice to have the doctors serve out this creeps sentence ....

    Wayne

    May 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ANDRE HIMES

    A new demonic black america has arisen from the black antebellum and hiphop nation and are based on stereotypical images of low class , poverty stricken and criminally prone blacks and has replace the black human population in AMERICA and in AFRICA .who were exterminated during the black holocaust between the years of 1968-1993=2001 .The hiphop nation which glorified black on black violence was unlesh against black america BY the white feminists(DEVIL'S CONCUBINES) and by those whites who have a long history of embracing white supremacy and it was this act as well as the widespead use racial profiling in which many black ameriicans n were arrested and were deported to AFRICA is what has contribute to the black holocaust.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Aaron Chaney

    Romney vs. Frankenstein

    Put simply, better the devil you don't know. Vote Romney.

    May 21, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
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