Mastermind of Lockerbie bombing DEAD!
“When a wicked man dies, his expectation shall perish: and the hope of unjust men perishes.”
Lockerbie bomber Megrahi dies in Libya
By NBC News, msnbc.com and news services
TRIPOLI – The former Libyan intelligence officer convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people has died, his son told NBC News on Sunday. He was 59.
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi died at home after a long battle with cancer. His health had deteriorated quickly, his brother Abdel Hakim had told Reuters.
Al-Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 as it flew to New York from London. All 259 people aboard the airliner were killed and 11 others on the ground in the town of Lockerbie, Scotland, died from falling wreckage.
Britain freed him in 2009 on compassionate grounds because he was suffering from advanced terminal prostate cancer and thought to have months to live.
His release angered many relatives of the victims, 189 of whom were American, and the Obama administration criticized the decision.
A number of U.S. politicians have pressed for his extradition to the United States, something Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council said it would not do.
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