Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi

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Doc: I Goofed on Lockerbie Bomber Diagnosis

I couldn't say for sure when he would die, says expert

(Newser) - A medical expert cited in the compassionate release of the Lockerbie bomber said he would have been "more vague" had he realized his opinion about bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's prostate cancer would be treated as fact. Megrahi, convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 that killed 270...

Kids of Lockerbie Victims Getting Married

...Near the anniversary of Megrahi's release

(Newser) - On August 20, it’ll be exactly one year since Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103, was released from prison, enraging the families of his victims. But a day later, those same families will have something to smile about: The daughter of a victim...

Lockerbie Bomber's Docs Didn't Agree on Prognosis
Lockerbie Bomber's Docs Didn't Agree on Prognosis

Lockerbie Bomber's Docs Didn't Agree on Prognosis

Investigation looks in to those to treated Megrahi

(Newser) - The Scottish doctor who gave the convicted Lockerbie bomber 3 months to live a year ago did so without having the four British specialists who treated Abdelbasat Ali al-Megrahi for prostate cancer sign off on the conclusion, a Wall Street Journal investigation finds. The dire prognosis—which formed the basis...

Lockerbie Hearings Stall as BP, Brits Stonewall

Senator blasts 'outrageous' witness refusals

(Newser) - The US Senate wants somebody to explain why the Lockerbie bomber was released, and both BP and top UK officials are answering with a resounding "Not it," postponing hearings due to start tomorrow. Key witnesses refused to testify—including outgoing BP boss Tony Hayward, former UK Justice Secretary...

Brits to Release Lockerbie Papers

But Cameron opposes inquiry into bomber's release

(Newser) - British Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to release new documents on Scotland's controversial decision to free the Lockerbie bomber—but he's opposed to a new inquiry into the matter. "I don't need an inquiry to tell me what I already know, which is that it was a bad...

BP Didn't Cause Lockerbie Bomber Release: Cameron

British PM denies connection between oil giant an al-Megrahi's release

(Newser) - British PM David Cameron said he has seen no evidence suggesting that BP—his nation's largest company—persuaded the Scottish government to release Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the AP reports. Cameron said he understood American "frustrations" with BP over the spill, but said no evidence supports the contention...

Senators to Press British PM on Lockerbie Bomber

Lawmakers ask to meet with Cameron

(Newser) - Four US senators are probing the release of the only person convicted of involvement in the Lockerbie bombing, CNN reports. Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer, Frank Lautenberg, and Bob Menendez released a letter today requesting a meeting with David Cameron during the British PM's visit to the US this week. Scotland...

Did BP Push to Have Lockerbie Bomber Released?

(Newser) - With BP about to begin drilling for oil in Libya's Gulf of Sidra, Sen. Frank Lautenberg has urged the British government to investigate whether BP a hand in securing the release of the Lockerbie bomber in order to help close the oil deal. Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer, and Bob Menendez...

Lockerbie Bomber Could Live 10 More Years

Embarrassed doctor calls prognosis 'unusual'

(Newser) - The Libyan man convicted of 270 counts of murder for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and freed by Scotland in 2009 because he was dying of prostate cancer could live for 10 more years, the doctor whose opinion helped free him now says. Abdelbasat Ali al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in...

Lockerbie Bomber Still Alive
 Still Alive 


Lockerbie Bomber Still Alive

Three-month life expectancy was only an approximate, says Scot minister

(Newser) - Scotland caused international outrage when it released Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi to Libya on compassionate grounds because he had only three months to live. That was six months ago. While the convicted terrorist continues to call Scotland twice monthly as per the terms of his parole, Justice Minister Kenny...

Gadhafi: Lockerbie Is Over, 'Legally, Politically, Financially'

'This problem has been solved to the satisfaction of all parties'

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi tried to leaven his image a bit after his 90-minute UN diatribe by sitting down with the Wall Street Journal yesterday. The Libyan strongman assured reporter Jay Solomon he could "comprehend" the anger of Americans who lost friends and relatives in the Lockerbie bombing. He denied orchestrating...

Lockerbie Bomber Bids to Clear Name
Lockerbie Bomber Bids
to Clear Name

Lockerbie Bomber Bids to Clear Name

Victims' relatives unimpressed with content of new website

(Newser) - The Lockerbie bomber has launched a website that makes available documents from an appeal he mounted before being released for medical reasons, the Telegraph reports. Relatives of the passengers on Pan Am Flight 103 say Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's site contains nothing new: “It's a lobbying effort. It's almost as...

Obama to Brown: Lockerbie Release a 'Disappointment'

(Newser) - President Obama today brought his displeasure over the release of the Lockerbie bomber directly to Gordon Brown’s attention, the BBC reports. Obama did not specifically blame Brown, but relatives of those who died are outraged at the release, and the president has called it a “mistake.” The...

Minister Who Freed Lockerbie Bomber Has Bro in Oil Biz

Kenny MacAskill's brother has pitched oil business to Libya

(Newser) - The Scottish government minister who freed the Lockerbie bomber has a brother who works in the oil industry and has pitched oil business to Libya, reports the Wall Street Journal. Kenny MacAskill's brother, Allan, spent 20 years at BP, which admits that it lobbied for a prisoner-transfer agreement between the...

Libya Won't Pay IRA Bomb Victims

Gaddafi's son rebuffs Brown over compensation for terrorist attacks

(Newser) - More messiness in the aftermath of the Lockerbie bomber's release. Following the Scottish government's decision to free Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, victims of IRA attacks in the 1990s have pressed Gordon Brown to petition for compensation from Libya, which allegedly provided the explosive Semtex in at least 10 attacks. Brown first said...

Libyans Paid for Lockerbie Bomber's Terminal Diagnosis

Pressed docs to find that al-Megrahi had just 3 months to live

(Newser) - Libya footed the bill for medical evidence that suggested the Lockerbie bomber had just 3 months to live, the Sunday Telegraph reports. The Libyan government pushed doctors to make the prognosis, required in Scotland for the release of prisoners on grounds of compassion. “The figure of three months was...

Lockerbie Bomber Freed for Oil: UK Official

(Newser) - A top British official said today that Scotland sent the Lockerbie bomber to Libya to facilitate a multi-million-dollar oil deal. Contradicting PM Gordon Brown, Justice Secretary Jack Straw told the Telegraph that the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi helped BP sign an agreement with Libya. "I’m unapologetic about that,...

Lockerbie Bomber Fading Fast
 Lockerbie Bomber Fading Fast 

Lockerbie Bomber Fading Fast

EU cancer specialists flown in to treat al-Megrahi

(Newser) - The condition of the cancer-stricken Lockerbie bomber has taken a sharp turn for the worse in the last few days, the Times of London reports. "The last check-up was very, very bad. He's dying. He is unable to speak to anyone," said the brother of Abdul Baset Ali...

Brown Didn't Want Lockerbie Bomber to Die in Prison

Minutes strengthen rumors of oil deal

(Newser) - More Lockerbie troubles for Gordon Brown. Newly released documents suggest the UK prime minister didn't want Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi to die in a Scottish prison, the London Times reports. The development will further fuel speculation that Britain tacitly led the push for Megrahi's release in exchange for a...

Family: Lockerbie Bomber 'Too Sick' to Give Interviews

British TV correspondent skeptical, however

(Newser) - Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, convicted in the 1988 airplane bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, and recently released to his native Libya on grounds he was terminally ill, is in hospital and “too sick” to answer questions, his son and doctors tell Britain’s Channel 4 News. Megrahi was wearing an oxygen...

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