Lockerbie bomber comatose, near death, family says

Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi is comatose, near death and likely to take secrets of the attack on Pan Am Flight 103 to his grave. CNN found al-Megrahi under the care of his family in his palatial Tripoli villa Sunday, surviving on oxygen and an intravenous drip. The cancer-stricken former Libyan intelligence officer may be the last man alive who knows precisely who in the Libya government authorized the bombing, which killed 270 people.

"We just give him oxygen. Nobody gives us any advice," his son, Khaled al-Megrahi, told CNN.

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Al-Megrahi was freed from a prison in Scotland in 2009 after serving eight years of a life sentence for blowing up the Pan Am jet, killing all 259 on board and 11 in the town of Lockerbie below. Doctors who had been treating him for prostate cancer gave him just three months to live, and he was released on compassionate grounds.

He received a hero's welcome in Tripoli, enraging many in the United States and Britain. And with the recent overthrow of longtime Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi, politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have called for al-Megrahi to be sent back to prison.

Al-Megrahi has been subject of bitter dispute

But the National Transitional Council, the rebel movement that toppled Gadhafi, announced Sunday that it won't allow the dying al-Megrahi to be extradited.

"We will not give any Libyan citizen to the West," NTC Justice Minister Mohammed al-Alagi said.

Al-Megrahi lived far longer than expected. He made a public appearance with now-fugitive Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi in July, confined to a wheelchair. He always maintained his innocence.

With the fall of Tripoli to the rebels, his care has been left up to his son and his mother.
December 21, 1988: On the scene in Lockerbie

"There is no doctor. There is nobody to ask. We don't have any phone line to call anybody," Khaled al-Megrahi said.


Motor Head

I hope somebody shits in his mouth before he gets cast down by the Flying Spaghetti Monster (praise his noodley goodness) into the burning lake of garlic infused olive oil.

Creasy Bear

gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh
I hope it feels like rabid ferrets are inside his anus and balls and they're chewing and clawing their way out.


I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.
I just want to rub his face with ham.

Norm Stansfield

Eventually, one of these threads is gonna be right. And then I'll give every one of you Doubting Thomas-es (Incredulous Gertrudes, if you prefer) who think that his release wasn't really about being a good humanitarian a big 'I told you so'.