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.
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.