October 21, 2008

Jailed Lockerbie Bomber Has Cancer

Lockerbie jet bomber Abdel Baset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, imprisoned in Scotland, is suffering from advanced-stage cancer, his lawyer says.

Megrahi, serving a life sentence for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, which killed 270 people when it exploded and crashed at Lockerbie, Scotland, was taken from his cell at Greenock Prison to a hospital in Greenock for tests, The Scotsman reported Tuesday.

Attorney Tony Kelly told the newspaper the former Libyan intelligence official arrived at the hospital in a convoy of six police motorcyclists and two police cars and spent about two hours there.

"Following hospital tests, Mr. Megrahi was last month diagnosed with prostate cancer," Kelly said. "Unfortunately the disease has spread to other parts of his body and is therefore at an advanced stage."

Megrahi, who was convicted in 2001, was given a chance to clear his name last year when the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission referred his case back to appeal judges, The Scotsman reported.