Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi

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27 Years After Lockerbie Bombing, 2 New Suspects IDed

Scotland, US want to interview Libyans they say worked with al-Megrahi

(Newser) - Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the sole suspect convicted for the 1988 bombing that brought down Pan Am Flight 103, killing 270 people, died in 2012 —but now Scotland and the US say they've set their sights on two other Libyans they want to question in the attack, the BBC... More »

Ex-Spy: Iran, Not Libya, Ordered Lockerbie Bombing

Attack was 'revenge for downing of Iranian plane'

(Newser) - The Libyan convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 went to his grave protesting his innocence —and new evidence suggests he was telling the truth and it was actually Iran behind the Lockerbie attack, an al-Jazeera investigation finds. A former Iranian intelligence officer is among the... More »

Those We Lost in 2012

Whitney Houston, Joe Paterno, Dick Clark, Ravi Shankar

(Newser) - Neil Armstrong would always be taking that first step onto the moon, and Dick Clark was forever "the world's oldest teenager." A look at some of the notables who died in 2012:
  • Etta James, 73. Blues singer best known for her enduring classic "At Last."
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Libya to Release All Lockerbie Files

...in a year or so

(Newser) - With Moammar Gadhafi gone and a nascent democracy in place, Libyan officials say they will release all their files related to the infamous Lockerbie bombing, reports the BBC . The top Scottish prosecutor has been lobbying Libya's new government for months to release whatever information it has about the bombing... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Buried in Libya

Just under 100 attend funeral of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi

(Newser) - The only man convicted in the 1988 bombing on Pan Am Flight 103 has been buried with little fanfare near the Libyan capital with just under 100 family members and passers-by in attendance. Today's quiet funeral in Tripoli stands in stark contrast to the hero's welcome Abdelbaset al-Megrahi... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Megrahi Dead

Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's lived almost 3 years after his release to Libya

(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... More »

Lockerbie Bomber: I Can Prove I'm Innocent

Abdel Baset al-Megrahi says a Maltese shop owner lied at trial

(Newser) - Stop if you've heard this one before: The Lockerbie bomber is on the verge of death ! "I am about to die and I ask now to be left in peace with my family," Abdel Baset al-Megrahi said in a newly published interview. Megrahi says he deserves to... More »

Lockerbie Bomber: My Role in Bombing 'Exaggerated'

Al-Megrahi says he only has 'days, weeks, months' to live

(Newser) - 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,... More »

Reporter Finds Lockerbie Bomber 'Close to Death'

Libya's rebel government refuses to extradite him

(Newser) - Hours after Libya's rebel government refused to extradite the Lockerbie bomber, a CNN reporter found him —slipping in and out of a coma, barely alive, sustained only by an intravenous drip. Reporter Nic Robertson had come for an interview, and was stunned by the site of Abdel Basset... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Kept Alive by Pricey Wonder Drug

Hormone-based cancer drug ironically developed in UK

(Newser) - How is Abdel Basset al-Megrahi still breathing? UK doctors gave the convicted Lockerbie bomber just three months to live when he was released two years ago, but Libyan doctors have kept him alive with a brand-new hormone-based cancer drug called Abiraterone , a medic in Tripoli tells the Daily Telegraph . Abiraterone... More »

'Dying' Lockerbie Bomber Spotted at Libya Rally

Abdelbaset al-Megrahi appears two years after he's freed to die from cancer

(Newser) - The Lockerbie bomber has been spotted at a rally for Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi two years after he was freed from a Scottish prison because he was supposedly on the brink of death. Abdelbaset al-Megrahi can be seen seated in a wheelchair on a broadcast of the rally aired by... More »

Libyan Defector: Gadhafi Ordered Lockerbie Bombing

Ex-Justice minister says he has proof to back up claim

(Newser) - Libya’s ex-justice minister says that Moammar Gadhafi personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing—and that he can prove it. “I have proof that Gadhafi gave the order,” Mustafa Abdel-Jalil told a Swedish tabloid, according to the AP . “To hide it, he (Gadhafi) did everything in his power... More »

US Releases Terror Trainer, British Outraged

Mohammed Junaid Babar ran camp where London bomber trained

(Newser) - Controversy erupted in Britain today, in the wake of a Guardian report that the US had quietly released Mohammed Junaid Babar—the jihadi whose terrorist training camp produced the mastermind behind London’s 2005 suicide bombings that killed 52—after just four and a half years in jail. Babar was... More »

Brit Minister, Duke Helped Free Lockerbie Bomber

Government didn't want to jeopardize Libya oil deals

(Newser) - The British government's foreign office minister secretly advised Libya on the best way to win the release of the Lockerbie bomber, according to explosive WikiLeaks documents. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi carefully followed tips from the minister and the duke of York to secure the controversial freedom of bomber Abdelbaset Ali... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Freed After 'Thuggish' Gadhafi Threats

British intelligence also suggests 'imminent death' was a stretch

(Newser) - The Guardian highlights WikiLeaks cables surrounding the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi , freed by Scotland last year because he supposedly had only a few months to live. The cables show that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's government put "thuggish" pressure on Britain to make sure Megrahi went free.... More »

Lockerbie Bomber Kin Suing Over Prison 'Neglect'

He wasn't 'looked after,' complains Moammar Gadhafi

(Newser) - The family of the Lockerbie bomber is preparing to sue Scotland for neglect while the killer was in prison. Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, convicted of killing 270 people in the 1988 Pan Am bombing, was freed last year to return to Libya on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer.... More »

US: Put Lockerbie Bomber Back in Jail

It's been a year since controversial release

(Newser) - It's been a year since Scotland made the staggering decision to free the man convicted of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 and 270 souls over Lockerbie, and the US has a little anniversary message: Put him back in jail. White House counterterror chief John Brennan told Scottish officials that... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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