Convicted Lockerbie bomber taken to hospital - brother

TRIPOLI Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:10pm BST

Convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi speaks during an exclusive interview with Reuters TV at his home in Tripoli October 3, 2011. REUTERS/Reuters TV

Convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi speaks during an exclusive interview with Reuters TV at his home in Tripoli October 3, 2011.

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TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The former Libyan intelligence officer convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people was transferred to hospital on Friday after his health deteriorated quickly, his brother said.

Abdulbasit al-Megrahi was taken from his Tripoli home to a private hospital, his brother Abdulhakim told Reuters. "His health began to deteriorate quickly and we were worried about him, so took him immediately to the hospital where he is receiving a blood transfusion," he said.

Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 as it flew to New York from London. All 259 people aboard the airliner were killed and 11 others on the ground in the Scottish town of Lockerbie died from falling wreckage.

Britain freed him in 2009 on compassionate grounds because he was suffering from advanced terminal prostate cancer and thought to have months to live.

His release angered many relatives of the victims, 189 of whom were American, and the Obama administration criticised the decision. A number of U.S. politicians have pressed for his extradition to the United States, something Libya's ruling National Transitional Council said it would not do.

Megrahi, who served as an intelligence agent during the rule of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, denied any role in suspected human rights abuses in his home country before Gaddafi's fall and death in a popular uprising last year.

(Writing By Hadeel Al-Shalchi; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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Comments (3)
jblack wrote:
He is the personification of the shame of two countries: Scotland and Libya.He killed 800 people, was released by a cowardly Scotland and cheered in Libya.If he is actually sick, may his death be long and agonizing and may he feel it 800 times over.

Apr 13, 2012 7:40pm BST  --  Report as abuse
prison wrote:
The selective use of polygraphs by corrupt FBI officials must stop! No one is above the law, including FBI Director Robert Mueller, who conspired to cover up the Pan Am Flight 103 incident. Google “the selective use of polygraphs”

Apr 13, 2012 10:24pm BST  --  Report as abuse
prison wrote:
Lockerbie bombing – Google “the selective use of polygraphs”

Apr 13, 2012 10:32pm BST  --  Report as abuse
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