Lockerbie bomber gets simple family funeral
For a man who lived the last decade of his life in the spotlight, it was a quiet send-off.
Relations of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi held a traditional Muslim funeral in Tripoli yesterday for the man who remains the only person convicted of Britain's worst mass murder.
There was none of the grandstanding so beloved of the now-defunct regime of Muammar Gaddafi that Megrahi had served.
Indeed, Megrahi's death has received little attention in Libya. It is hard for its citizens to know what to make of crimes such as the 1988 bombing of Pan-Am 103 with the loss of 270 lives over Lockerbie, for which Megrahi was convicted in 2001.
They were denied staunchly by the regime for years, and, while that is enough in itself for many Libyans to assume it was guilty, it does not make the details of individual responsibility clear.
His brother Mohammed, who cried out "my brother is innocent" as he was buried, said afterwards: "His pain is over now -- he is with God. There never was exact proof." (©Daily Telegraph, London)