It was the worst terrorist attack in Britain’s history, the deadliest assault on U.S. civilians until 9/11 and a political powder keg that roiled governments around the world.
On Dec. 21, 1988, a bomb exploded in the forward cargo hold of Pan Am Flight 103, a jetliner flying from London to New York. Within less than a minute, the Boeing 747 splintered into thousands of pieces and fell 31,000 feet, smashing down in the village of Lockerbie, Scotland. The impact killed 11 villagers and destroyed 21 homes. None of the 259 people on board the aircraft survived.
On August 21, 2009 Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi, the only man convicted of the terrorist attack, was released from the Prison where he had been serving a life sentence. Because he supposedly had less than three months to live, he had been sent home to Libya to die. Under pressure from Great Britain, Scottish courts were forced to show more mercy to al-Megrahi than he showed to the 270 people he killed.
Seven months later, the mass murderer is still alive and according to a Scottish News Paper taking new medications that may extend his time on this Earth by another five years:
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THE Lockerbie bomber was at the centre of a fresh row last night after it emerged he is taking a cancer-busting drug that could keep him alive for FIVE more years.
Terminally ill Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was prescribed chemotherapy treatment Taxotere after returning to Libya.
But yesterday reports claimed Megrahi wasn’t given the drug while he was in Greenock prison – amid claims he could have been kept behind bars if he had taken the medication.
Last night Tory justice spokesman Bill Aitken demanded answers from Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.
He said: “Was the existence of a drug which is reportedly now extending the life of the Lockerbie bomber included in any of the reports Kenny MacAskill read before making the decision to release him?
“Alex Salmond’s government is still refusing to publish the independent advice upon which they based their decision.”
Megrahi – sentenced to life for the 1988 jet bombing that killed 270 people – was freed on compassionate grounds seven months ago and returned home to Libya.
Yesterday it emerged the prostate cancer sufferer’s condition has now stabilised.
A source close to the 57-year-old said: “After his treatments, he can be unwell for two or three days but then enjoys a period when he’s quite well.”
Is anybody really surprised by this development? Back in September it was revealed that doctors may have been bribed to give Megrahi a diagnosis that was much worse than he actually was. The release of this plague upon humanity was a major mistake.