Lockerbie Bomber Megrahi Dead
Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's lived almost 3 years after his release to Libya
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2012 7:33 AM CDT
In this Sept. 9, 2009 file photo, Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing is seen at his room in Tripoli international hospital in Tripoli, Libya.   (AP Photo/Abdel Magid Al Fergany, File)

(Newser) – Nearly three years after he was released on compassionate grounds to his homeland of Libya, convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has died, Reuters reports, citing a statement by Megrahi's brother. Initially given six months to live, Megrahi's health had deteriorated rapidly in recent days after a long battle with cancer, his brother said. The former Libyan intelligence officer, who was the only one convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 that claimed 270 lives, was 59.

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May 20, 2012 10:02 PM CDT
good rot in hell
May 20, 2012 9:22 PM CDT
What always confused me about his triumphant 2009 return to Libya was this: Did the crowd celebrate because they believed he was unjustly convicted and finally freed, or did they assume he really WAS involved and believe that bombing the plane was a wonderful thing?
May 20, 2012 6:30 PM CDT
Dont let the Semtex doorknob hit you in the ass on the way down.