Lockerbie bomber Megrahi is dead

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, has died

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, has died

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The Lockerbie bomber has died, nearly three years after he was released from jail on compassionate grounds.

Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was sentenced to life in prison for the 1988 bombing of a US airliner over the Scottish town which claimed 270 lives. The former Libyan intelligence officer was later diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and controversially released from prison in August 2009 with an estimated three months to live.

The decision, by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, to free the only man ever convicted of the atrocity provoked an international storm. His death in Tripoli, at the age of 60, was announced by his son, Khaled.

The news divided opinion. The mother of one passenger said she hoped the convicted terrorist suffered a "painful, horrible" death, while a spokesman for some of Megrahi's British victims said his death was "deeply regretted".

The bombing of Pan Am flight 103, travelling from London to New York four days before Christmas, killed all 259 people on board. Eleven residents of the Dumfries and Galloway town also died after the plane crashed down on their homes in Britain's biggest terrorist atrocity.

After protracted international pressure, Megrahi was put on trial in the Netherlands. He was found guilty in 2001 of mass murder and was ordered to serve a minimum of 27 years behind bars.

Despite claims that he could not have worked alone and the lingering suspicion by some that he was innocent, Megrahi was the only man ever brought to justice over the terrorist attack.

Mr MacAskill's subsequent decision to release him from Greenock prison and allow him to return home to die in Libya drew international condemnation. Scottish ministers have always insisted the move was made in good faith, on compassionate grounds alone and followed the due process of Scots law. But many strongly opposed the decision.

US families were among the most vocal critics, along with US president Barack Obama. US secretary of state Hillary Clinton branded the move "absolutely wrong". American fury was compounded by the hero's welcome Megrahi received in Tripoli upon his return.

Susan Cohen, whose daughter Theodora, 20, was on the flight bound for John F Kennedy airport, said she believed Megrahi should have received the death penalty. But David Ben-Ayreah, a spokesman for some of the British families who lost loved ones, described Megrahi as the "271st victim of Lockerbie".

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9:29pm Sun 20 May 12

andwhoareu? says...

GOOD IM GLAD HE'S DEAD...... "3 MONTHS TO LIVE" THEY SAID...tHIS evil murderer was released on compassionate grounds, COMPASSIONATE!!!!! HW DARE HE EVEN ASK FOR COMPASSION.
HE MURDERED 270 PPL 4GODS SAKE .... WHAT COMPASSION DID HE SHOW HIS VICTIMS OR OUR LEGAL SYSTEM,WHEN HE RETURNED HOME TO A HERO'S WELCOME.. MAKES ME SICK WHEN U THINK ABOUT IT, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THAT HE KILLED 270 MEN WOMEN & CHILDREN AND IS SHOWN COMPASSION & THEN A DECEPTION BURGLAR IN SAME SITUATION ASKS FOR COMPASSION AFTER BEING TOLD THEY HAVE TERMINAL CANCER AT THE AGE OF 35 AND THERE MADE OUT TO BE A MONSTER A VIOLENT CRIMINAL & SOMEONE THAT DESERVES TO DIE IN PRISON?!?! THE ENTIRE LEGAL SYSTEM IS A JOKE.
The deception burglar was my brother Brett Lee Duxbury who died age 35 from terminal lung cancer in nov 09. He was a son, a brother, a husband, a dad, and a friend, AND DIDNT HAVE A VIOLENT BONE IN HIS BODY...we as a family fought for his release so he could die at home with his family with some dignity,JACK STRAW REFUSED MY BROTHER COMPASSION WITHOUT A 2ND THOUGHT ON 3 OCCASSIONS. We carried on as a family & with prison staff to have him released... we won an he came home for 13precious days before he died. my brother, my life long friend was treated worse than the lockerbie bomber an died in nov 09.
The bomber had 3yrs extra to mock an snigger at the familys of the dead and our legal system so to the bomber there'll be no RIP from me ROT IN HELL U MURDERING b*******
GOOD IM GLAD HE'S DEAD...... "3 MONTHS TO LIVE" THEY SAID...tHIS evil murderer was released on compassionate grounds, COMPASSIONATE!!!!! HW DARE HE EVEN ASK FOR COMPASSION. HE MURDERED 270 PPL 4GODS SAKE .... WHAT COMPASSION DID HE SHOW HIS VICTIMS OR OUR LEGAL SYSTEM,WHEN HE RETURNED HOME TO A HERO'S WELCOME.. MAKES ME SICK WHEN U THINK ABOUT IT, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THAT HE KILLED 270 MEN WOMEN & CHILDREN AND IS SHOWN COMPASSION & THEN A DECEPTION BURGLAR IN SAME SITUATION ASKS FOR COMPASSION AFTER BEING TOLD THEY HAVE TERMINAL CANCER AT THE AGE OF 35 AND THERE MADE OUT TO BE A MONSTER A VIOLENT CRIMINAL & SOMEONE THAT DESERVES TO DIE IN PRISON?!?! THE ENTIRE LEGAL SYSTEM IS A JOKE. The deception burglar was my brother Brett Lee Duxbury who died age 35 from terminal lung cancer in nov 09. He was a son, a brother, a husband, a dad, and a friend, AND DIDNT HAVE A VIOLENT BONE IN HIS BODY...we as a family fought for his release so he could die at home with his family with some dignity,JACK STRAW REFUSED MY BROTHER COMPASSION WITHOUT A 2ND THOUGHT ON 3 OCCASSIONS. We carried on as a family & with prison staff to have him released... we won an he came home for 13precious days before he died. my brother, my life long friend was treated worse than the lockerbie bomber an died in nov 09. The bomber had 3yrs extra to mock an snigger at the familys of the dead and our legal system so to the bomber there'll be no RIP from me ROT IN HELL U MURDERING b******* andwhoareu?
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10:16pm Sun 20 May 12

eurogordi says...

Where is forgiveness? Where is healing? Where is moving on? Nothing can bring back those who died in what was a terrible terrorist attack, but dwelling on the past can only continue to breed bitterness and hatred. I have lost people close to me, but the best I can do for their memory is to concentrate on a positive future and play my small part in trying to create a better and safer world.
Where is forgiveness? Where is healing? Where is moving on? Nothing can bring back those who died in what was a terrible terrorist attack, but dwelling on the past can only continue to breed bitterness and hatred. I have lost people close to me, but the best I can do for their memory is to concentrate on a positive future and play my small part in trying to create a better and safer world. eurogordi
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10:16pm Sun 20 May 12

eurogordi says...

Where is forgiveness? Where is healing? Where is moving on? Nothing can bring back those who died in what was a terrible terrorist attack, but dwelling on the past can only continue to breed bitterness and hatred. I have lost people close to me, but the best I can do for their memory is to concentrate on a positive future and play my small part in trying to create a better and safer world.
Where is forgiveness? Where is healing? Where is moving on? Nothing can bring back those who died in what was a terrible terrorist attack, but dwelling on the past can only continue to breed bitterness and hatred. I have lost people close to me, but the best I can do for their memory is to concentrate on a positive future and play my small part in trying to create a better and safer world. eurogordi
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10:18pm Sun 20 May 12

perini says...

This isn;t news - who gives a **** about this worthless piece of scum!
This isn;t news - who gives a **** about this worthless piece of scum! perini
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11:41pm Sun 20 May 12

2 for 5p says...

The real reason they let him go early was he was inocent, and the authorities were craping themselves that he. Was going to appeal and win.
The authorities are the ones that took the easy way out.
The real reason they let him go early was he was inocent, and the authorities were craping themselves that he. Was going to appeal and win. The authorities are the ones that took the easy way out. 2 for 5p
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11:42pm Sun 20 May 12

2 for 5p says...

The real reason they let him go early was he was inocent, and the authorities were craping themselves that he. Was going to appeal and win.
The authorities are the ones that took the easy way out.
The real reason they let him go early was he was inocent, and the authorities were craping themselves that he. Was going to appeal and win. The authorities are the ones that took the easy way out. 2 for 5p
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