Family: Lockerbie Bomber 'Too Sick' to Give Interviews

British TV correspondent skeptical, however
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2009 8:48 PM CDT
Crowds greet the plane carrying Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi in Tripoli, Libya, Aug. 20, 2009.    (AP Photo)
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(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 mask and attached to an intravenous drip, says a correspondent in a report tinged with skepticism.

“He did look very sick,” reporter Jonathan Miller says. “But aside of all this, a few minutes after I left the room, I was hanging around outside, hoping for a second pop at some of the questions I wasn't able to ask him. A hospital staff member then passed me with a tray of food. I saw a big plate of couscous, a tomato salad and a plate of olives. Was it destined for Megrahi? We don’t know.”