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

(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.

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)
In this Aug. 20, 2009 file photo, Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, gestures on his arrival in Tripoli.   (AP Photo, File)
In this Aug. 20, 2009 file photo, Libyan Abdel Baset al-Megrahi and son of the Libyan leader Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, gesture on his arrival at an airport in Tripoli.   (AP Photo, File)
This is a Thursday Aug. 20, 2009 file photo of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi as he holds his prisoner release papers as he walks toward a plane at Glasgow International Airport.   (AP Photo/Danny Lawson/Pool, File)
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