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. jj

    bad things happen to bad people... he will be dealt with

    August 29, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    The gates of hell are waiting to open for just him We need to get gahdafI

    August 29, 2011 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. michaelfury

    August 29, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      August 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Imglad

    Aww, I feel sorry for him not so much.

    August 29, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    This is Europe, people! They have forgotten their fierce warrior roots & are now the model of political correctness! I can say that because I am a European of Viking decent & now I'm a total pacifist, peacenik,hippie! Now I live in Texas where we put more death penalty prisoners to death each year than any other state! Some didn't even commit the crime they were in prison for! Death is not the worst punishment, being separated from family is! This dude should've absolutely done his last days in prison! Some people are poster boys for the death penalty, (which I don't believe in), & this guy is 1! European rules notwithstanding, he's getting his just reward!!

    August 29, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |

    i'd rather die on the plane than die of butt cancer

    August 29, 2011 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. gung hoe

    Fernice normaly we disagree but Reading your 815 post you sound very confused But thats ok we all are jif banasy raven skel all of us so dont feel bad

    August 29, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. Canadian Genius

    They should get him to a hospital as soon as possible so that he can linger in agony for a few more months.

    August 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fenace

    Thanks gung ho for your support! When a person this sinister get's kidglove treatment, it's hard to understand it! But I think Canadian Genius has it right, let him linger & suffer! I would normally never wish that type of punishment on some1, but this guy deserves all the pain he gave all those people & families, back to himself!!

    August 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |

    What outrages me here is the fact that that cursed Ronald Reagan ordered the bombings of both Tripoli and Benghazi on April 11,1986 and everybody in this country cheered. And now everybody's up in arms over this poor man. How ignorant people are!!! It almost makes one feel ashamed to even be an American!!!

    August 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Frank

    @ Ruffnutt: You're welcome to leave anytime, I for one wish that blessed Reagan had bombed the living sh!t out of him.

    August 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Sorry people, I never posted that stupid comment above. It appears that some jerk is trying to make a fool out of me here!!!

      August 29, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. leeintulsa

    @cesar: The outrage is gone? Maybe it was overshadowed by more recent events.. I'm sure most Americans pine for the days when airplanes fell out of the sky in foreign countries and old men got pushed off cruise ships..

    August 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
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