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. don in albuquerque

    Amazing the number of posts that talk about the "mean spirited" people who complained about it being for political reasons. I hope those people get to burn in hell with him.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. jk

    He was freed from prison because Libya was our ally just those short few years ago. At the very same time we were going to war against Iraq, which never killed U.S. civilians, we were allying with Libya, which had killed U.S. civilians. Then when that became embarrassing, we went to war with Libya, too. We're talking about finally leaving Afghanistan, where we went to war against our lovely former allies, the Taliban. If Americans had half a brain, they would spend less time thinking about this dead guy and more about which of our current "friends" are monsters our children will soon be fighting in the latest war of convenience.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. AD

    Good Riddance!

    May 20, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. JDavis

    We won't get the full story because Western governments have colluded to hide it. This guy didn't do it, that's why the Scots let him go. The "compassionate grounds" business was utter crap, like the entire prosecution. But we couldn't blame the real perpetrator–Iran–because what they did was payback for the shoot down of their own civilian airliner six moths before, for which we refused to apologize. In other words, we brought it on ourselves and we didn't want the public to know.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Esmer

    Die"n" Libya... Nice typo, CNN.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Esmer

      *Dies... this is embarrassing

      May 20, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. zooloo

    Abdel, instead of 1000 virgins you will find numerous demons ready to tear you apart...over and over again. They have been waiting for you for a long time...

    May 20, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. G

    good he met Satan today! And they are smoking a dog turd as we speak!

    May 20, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. Freddie

    Good news, for a change. I hope he suffered unimaginable pain.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Justin

    He was freed because Scotland wanted an Oil deal with Libya and that was the only way it'd be secured. Proof of the back room dealings were leaked to the public. His release had NOTHING to do with compassionate grounds and EVERYTHING to do with oil contracts. No Conspiracies, just pure and utter greed at the behest of the victims.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. Les

    This man was given up as a scapgoat by the Lybians and that 'fitted' in well with the Americans. Iran paid a Syrian terrorist group to carry out this terrible act, in response for the Americans shooting down of a Syrian airliner 6 months previous. The Yanks were just happy that 'someone' was convicted, wether guilty or not.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Pete

    It all came down not for political,but for need,the need for black gold,oil.Scotland needed something that the Libyians had plenty in reserve and were willing to part with it for their national hero,a terrorists that sentenced innocent people to their deaths for religious reasons and their extremic views,being martyrs for their country and Allah.He should have been put to death,but Scotland a civilized nation, being civil thought death for him,a monster fighting cancer was suffering enough.Well Scotland has to live with their mistake because some passengers on that jet were from Scotland,their deal sealed their countries fate as a a country that put material wealth over human lives.

    May 20, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    So this changes a lot in this world which is a mess of our own
    This is news?

    May 20, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. dazzle ©

    I'm with you on this @saywhat and who cares about this cretin.

    May 20, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A funeral service is being held in a chuch for a woman who has just passed away. At the end of the service, the pallbearers carrying the casket accidentally bump into a wall jarring the casket. They hear a faint moan. They open the casket and find that the women is actually alive. She lives for 10 more years and then dies. A ceremony is again held at the same church and at the end the pallbearers are again carrying the casket out. As they are walking, the husband calls out, "Watch out for the wall!"

    May 20, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. dazzle ©

    @bobcat(iah), right on the mark for me today and having a good belly laugh in Central Park. This would be my ancient aunt who I accompanied to mass at St Patricks. Have a little bit of solo time before they send out the NYPD for me. Hope your day is off to a good start,

    May 20, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • ©bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ dazzle ©

      Have you been out for your knee bending exercises yet ? And if so, did the roof stay intact ?

      May 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
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