Robert Fisk: Megrahi is dead. Now we'll never know the truth about Lockerbie
SO the old scoundrel has died. Midday Tripoli time, at his home, peacefully, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, after a long struggle with cancer, "bravely borne" no doubt.
But "scoundrel", nonetheless, not because he arranged the Lockerbie bombing – many have the gravest doubts he ever did – but because he was a member of Gaddafi's intelligence services and no-one who served the Great Leader as a "mukhabarat" agent had clean hands. If he was wrongly convicted, what did he do in the service of his master? Cliché time: his secret dies with him.
Lawyers take a pragmatic view of all this. Up in Scotland, a bevy of solicitors who fought for Megrahi and believed others may have put the bomb on Pan Am flight 103, still keep their voluminous files on their now late client.