There seems to be little chance now that the only person tried and convicted for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland will be turned over to the U.S. for prosecution.
While the rebel-run Transitional National Council in Libya says it knows the whereabouts of so-called “Lockerbie bomber” Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, a representative for the group made it clear Sunday that “We will not give any Libyan citizen to the West.”
Al-Megrhai was tried in Scotland for the terrorist bombing that killed 270 people, most of them Americans returning home for the Christmas holidays. Two years ago, al-Megrahi was freed on compassionate grounds because his physician said he was dying of terminal cancer and only had a short time to live.
His release alone outraged the U.S. State Department and victims’ families, but the most upsetting aspect of al-Megrahi’s return to Libya was the hero’s welcome he received from thousands upon arriving in Tripoli.
Two years later, al-Megrahi, who has always maintained his innocence, is still alive but said to be gravely ill. CNN reports that he is in a coma and residing at his villa in Tripoli under the care of his family members, who say he is near death.
This article was published by WTMA, The Big Talker on August 30, 2011.
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