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Lockerbie bomber al-Megrahi dies

2012-05-20 14:59

Tripoli - The former Libyan intelligence officer convicted of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people, has died, his brother said on Sunday.

Abdelabaset al-Megrahi, 59, died at home after a long battle with cancer. His health had deteriorated quickly overnight, his brother Abdulhakim told Reuters.

"He was surrounded by his family and died in his house," Abdulhakim said on Sunday.

Megrahi had been in and out of hospital for weeks and he was taken for an emergency blood transfusion in April.

He was held in a prison in the town of Greenock in western Scotland after he was tried and convicted for the bombing under Scottish law, although the trial was held in The Netherlands.

In November 2008, Megrahi's lawyers asked a court to free him on bail, saying he was suffering from advanced prostate cancer. He was later released from the Scottish prison on compassionate grounds and returned to Libya, a decision criticised by the United States.

Megrahi, who served as an intelligence agent during the rule of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, denied any role in both the bombing and suspected human rights abuses in his home country before Gaddafi's fall and death in a popular uprising last year.

Comments
  • Frank - 2012-05-20 15:23

    And the world suddenly becomes a bit better......

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-20 17:27

      Karma had the final say.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-20 17:32

      Karma doesn't work like that Surf City. Karma is self-chosen with the specific and high intention to grow.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-20 17:59

      As I was saying...before the karma guru arrived.

      Yar - 2012-05-20 18:34

      Well said Surf I hope his Karma hurt like hell, and will continue to do so well into eternity

  • Sematla - 2012-05-20 15:24

    Now he will rot in hell,he is not different from terrebleblanche.

      Frank - 2012-05-20 15:34

      Except Terreblanche wasn't a convicted terrorist that blew a planeload full of innocent people to smithereens over a residential area!

      Sonja - 2012-05-20 17:13

      blah blah blah

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-20 17:28

      Well said Frank.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-20 17:33

      Why would you want anyone "to rot in hell". You're no different than he is, then. Can you not see this.

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-20 18:00

      fred is here to correct everyones phrases. Get out that red pen fred.

  • Jack - 2012-05-20 15:27

    There go 72 virgins. Bummer.

      Rob - 2012-05-20 17:56

      Where in the hell are you going to find 72 'virgins'?

  • Bigsexy.jm - 2012-05-20 15:32

    Burn well and btw- those 72 virgins...who said they were female?

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-05-20 17:28

      Might be goats.

      Yar - 2012-05-20 18:38

      True Surf But really ugly ones. Hey Fred.

  • Sonja - 2012-05-20 15:33

    I bet the ANC will send their condolences

      ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-20 16:04

      terrorist sucks terrorist

      Sematla - 2012-05-20 16:07

      Check for the stats of the DA members sending him condolences already on my comment above. A SHOCKER!

      ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-20 16:59

      i will boot his filthy terrorist ass into hell myself, condolences se gat man

      Frank - 2012-05-20 17:08

      Seems someone became furious at the mention of a tender document! I can easily see the letter of condolences being wrapped in a lucrative tender document........

  • busisiwe.kubeka1 - 2012-05-20 15:49

    Rest in piece u are a gud role model like Osama

      Bigsexy.jm - 2012-05-20 16:02

      Are you typing with your forehead again?

      ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-20 16:03

      at least you spelt 'piece' correctly, his pieces will burn , BURN MURDERER BURN

      phillip.havenga - 2012-05-20 16:41

      busisiwe rather stay silent and let us suspect you are an idiot, than open your mouth and confirm it.

      John - 2012-05-20 16:43

      I hope he suffered an excruciating death to the last second of his worthless life, and the 40 virgins he is promised get raped by all the demons in hell and if there is aids there i hope they have it.

      John - 2012-05-20 16:48

      At least the families of the people he murdered, the dog, have a little closure. may their souls RIP

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-20 16:54

      They should have thrown him out of a plane many years ago, so this terrorist would for a split second have felt what it was like to be on that Pan AM Flight. May he rot in hell with his MASTER TERRORIST gaddafi !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-20 17:36

      Why you would openly support deranged people who have killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians is anyone's guess. Just know you're among the wrong part of humanity, promoting the dark, not the light.

      rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-05-20 18:46

      @Bigsexy.jm - *im rolling on the floor laughing* what a ripper-lmfao!

  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-20 16:00

    BURN IN HELL MURDERER

  • Anneck - 2012-05-20 16:09

    Good riddance!

  • Eddie - 2012-05-20 16:14

    That piece of excrement should just have been shot. Killing innocent people, no matter what the cause, is unjustifiable. One man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist. Does this sound familiar?

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-05-20 16:23

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. Rot in hell you bastard. Hope your suffered a terrible painful death. Hey look on the bright side. At least osama has a new bum buddie to play with.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-20 17:36

      You're no different to him, then.

  • lownabester - 2012-05-20 16:54

    About time, He took his time dying.

  • Rob - 2012-05-20 17:55

    What about SA's criminals released because they suffered terminal illnesses' ? Don't know any of them who have died, unless one or two have been struck by lightning on the 'golf course'...

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