Eleven months after his release, and eight months after he was forecast to die from terminal prostate cancer, the Lockerbie Bomber lives on in his mansion in Libya. Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi was the only suspect charged and convicted of the murder of 207 people when he detonated explosives on Pan Am flight 103 in 1988. He was controversially released in 2009 on a ‘compassionate’ early termination based on medical advice saying he only had three months to live. Check out the full story, with pictures and video below!
Doctor Karol Sikora, who gave the deciding opinion to Scottish authorities says he is ‘embarrassed’ about Megrahi’s continued survival. He now says that Megrahi had a 50% chance of surviving longer than 3 months; a fact that he apparently neglected to mention to authorities at the time.
“There was a 50 percent chance that he would die in three months, but there was also a 50 percent chance that he would live longer,” he says in retrospect. “It is embarrassing that he’s gone on for so long. There was always a chance that he would live for 10 years, 20 years – but it’s very unusual.”
The Lockerbie Bomber was said to have made a promising recovery with the use of alternative medicines in his home country. But now, according to a source close to his family, he has taken a turn for the worse, “and is unlikely to reach the first anniversary of his freedom”.
“He is almost certainly on his death bed. He is extremely sick, and surgeons stopped operating long ago,” said the source. “The cancer has since spread to his kidneys, liver, pelvis and lymph nodes. There is very little chance of him reaching August.”
While Doctor Sikora is claiming medical error, some are suggesting more insidious motives lead the convicted terrorist’s release. Letters between the Libyan and British governments were allegedly leaked 2009 that indicate Megrahi’s release was orchestrated in exchange for the Libyan’s cooperation during BP oil contract negotiations.
“This is the strongest evidence yet that the British government has been involved for a long time in talks over al-Megrahi in which commercial considerations have been central to their thinking.”
Do you think the Lockerbie Bomber’s release was part of oil contract negotiations between the UK and Libya? Was Dr. Sikora’s medical advice influenced by this? Let me know in the comment section! And don’t miss the photos and video below!