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‘Dying’ Lockerbie bomber appears on Libyan television


Libyan state television has broadcast pictures of the Lockerbie bomber at a pro-regime rally.

Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the bombing of Flight 103, in which 270 people died in 1988.

The broadcast showed pictures of Megrahi in a wheelchair and a voiceover described him as a victim of colonialism, according to BBC World.

The pictures compounded embarassment in the Scottish Executive which appears to have seized on a misdiagnosis to grant parole on medical grounds in 2009.

He was expected to live less that 90 days but has since passed more than 400 days in his native Libya.

Two Libyan state employees were put on trial in The Hague under Scottish law for the bombing of Flight 103, in which 270 people died in 1988. A former Libyan foreign minister this month admitted the country was involved in the Lockerbie bombing but said for the first time it was part of a wider c

Abdul Rahman al-Shalgham, who was ambassador to the United Nations when he defected in February, revealed a new theory about who was responsible for the explosion on board Pan-Am Flight 103 in an interview with an Arabic newspaper.

"The Lockerbie bombing was a complex and tangled operation" he said, when asked to describe the background to the disaster. "There was talk at the time of the roles played by states and organisations. Libyan security played a part but I believe it was not a strictly Libyan operation."

Although Megrahi is still alive almost two years after he was freed, the Scottish Executive continues to insist it took the correct decision when it released him in August 2009 on the basis that he had just three months to live.

A spokesman said: “Al-Megrahi is dying of terminal prostate cancer, and was released on compassionate grounds based on the recommendations of the parole board, the prison governor and the report of the Scottish Prison Service’s most senior medical professional. He abides by the terms of his release licence.”

Many American relatives who lost loved ones in the bombing claim he was freed in order to secure oil deals between the UK and Libya.