Libya: Lockerbie bomber's health quickly worsening
The health of the Lockerbie bomber, who has terminal prostate cancer, has swiftly deteriorated since his release from a Scottish prison less than two weeks ago, said a senior Libyan official Tuesday, AP reported.
The head of the Libyan State Information Agency, Majid al-Dursi, said Tuesday that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi is in the hospital and described him as "very sick."
"His health is deteriorating fast since he arrived," said al-Dursi. Asked how long al-Megrahi could still have to live, he answered: "Only God knows when it will be over. But he is dying now."
There was no way to independently verify his health, and it was not clear how long he has to live. Scottish officials released him from prison Aug. 20 on compassionate grounds due to his cancer, sparking an international uproar. At the time, Scottish officials said doctors had determined al-Megrahi had less than three months to live.
Al-Megrahi was the only person convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed all 259 people on board the plane and 11 people on the ground.
His release and return to Libya where he was greeted warmly at the airport by hundreds of cheering supporters has led to outrage from many of the Lockerbie victims and questions about whether his release was secured in order to facilitate lucrative oil trade with Libya.
Both Britain and Scotland have denied that business had anything to do with allowing al-Megrahi to leave prison after completing only eight years of his life sentence.
Television footage on Britain's Channel 4 that aired Sunday showed al-Megrahi in the hospital, breathing through an oxygen mask and propped up by pillows.