Lockerbie Bomber: My Role in Bombing 'Exaggerated'

Al-Megrahi says he only has 'days, weeks, months' to live
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2011 10:27 AM CDT
Lockerbie Bomber: My Role in Bombing 'Exaggerated'
In this Sept. 9, 2009 file photo, Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi is seen below a portrait of Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi at Tripoli Medical Center in Tripoli, Libya.   (AP Photo/Abdel Magid Al Fergany, File)

From a bed at his Tripoli home, a frail-looking Abdel Basset al-Megrahi insisted to Reuters that his role in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing was smaller than people think. "The West exaggerated my name. Please leave me alone. I only have a few more days, weeks, or months" to live, said al-Megrahi, who was released from a Scottish prison two years ago due to his terminal cancer. "The facts (about the Lockerbie bombing) will become clear one day and hopefully in the near future. In a few months from now, you will see new facts that will be announced," he said.

Al-Megrahi claimed the Dutch court where his trial was held is full of "liars." He also denied taking any part in suspected human rights abuses while serving under Moammar Gadhafi in Libya. "All my work was administrative. I never harmed Libyans," he said." I didn't harm anyone. I've never harmed anyone in my life." The country's ruling National Transitional Council recently said it will work with Scotland to investigate others who may have been involved in the bombing. (More Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi stories.)

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