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Anger as Lockerbie bomber attends rally

Published 28/07/2011 | 05:00

The Libyan man convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing sparked fury in Britain and America by attending a pro-Gaddafi rally in Tripoli on Tuesday.

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Abdel Baset al-Megrahi's presence at the rally appeared to be another sign of defiance by the embattled regime, currently locked in a civil war.

Al-Megrahi was convicted of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am plane, in which 270 people were killed, over Lockerbie, Scotland. He was released from a Scottish prison in 2009 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. At the time, he was given three months to live.

"The appearance of Mr al-Megrahi on our television screens is a further reminder that a great mistake was made when he was released," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Irish Independent

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