Libya asks for Lockerbie bomber to be freed
The Libyan government has formally asked Scotland for the compassionate release of the former Libyan agent jailed for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, the cottish government said on Saturday, Reuters reported.
Libyan authorities made the application on behalf of Abdel Basset al Megrahi, who was sentenced to life for blowing up a Pan Am airliner over the Scottish town of Lockerbie.
All 259 people on board the London to New York flight were killed, including 189 Americans, along with 11 people on the ground.
"We can confirm an application for compassionate release has been made by Mr al-Megrahi, and forwarded by the Libyan Government to the Scottish Ministers," a Scottish government spokeswoman said in a statement."
"Scottish ministers will not comment on the content of the application and will now seek advice on the application."
Libya has repeatedly brought up the fate of the 57-year-old Megrahi, who has terminal prostate cancer, most recently at a meeting in Italy between Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown earlier this month.
But the British government has said it is a matter for Scotland, which has a separate legal system from the rest of Britain.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill will now consider whether the application should be granted.