Lockerbie Bomber Could Live 10 More Years

Embarrassed doctor calls prognosis 'unusual'
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2010 4:50 PM CDT
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, in his hospital room in Tripoli, Libya, Sept. 9, 2009, after Scotland freed him on the grounds that he was terminally ill.   (AP Photo/Abdel Magid Al Fergany)
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(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 the bombing of the Pan Am flight, was believed to have 3 months to live when he was granted compassionate release so he could die in Libya. His survival is "very unusual," Karol Sikora tells the Sunday Times of London, according to MSNBC.

Victims' families have long considered the prognosis suspect, and they're furious at the latest revelation, reports the Daily Mail. "The doctor that carried out this diagnosis owes his regret to the families of the victims," says one MP. "He should apologize to the victims for contributing to the release of a mass murderer, who is clearly alive and well in Libya."
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