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Lockerbie bomber al-Megrahi dies

Hadeel Al-Shalchi

The former intelligence officer convicted of bombing a flight over Lockerbie, Scotland - which killed 270 people - has died, says his brother.

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi (60) died at home after a long battle with cancer, his brother Abdulhakim said on Sunday. His health had deteriorated quickly overnight.
 
“He was surrounded by his family and died in his house,” Abdulhakim said.
 
Megrahi had been in and out of hospital for weeks and he was taken for an emergency blood transfusion in April.
 
He was held in a prison in the town of Greenock in west Scotland after he was tried and convicted for the 1988 bombing under Scottish law, although the trial was held in the Netherlands.
 
In November 2008, Megrahi’s lawyers asked a court to free him on bail, saying he was suffering from advanced prostate cancer. He was later released from the Scottish prison on compassionate grounds and returned to Libya, a decision criticised by the United States.
 
Megrahi, who served as an intelligence agent during the rule of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, denied any role in both the bombing and suspected human rights abuses in his home country before Gaddafi’s fall and death in a popular uprising last year. – Reuters

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