Back in 2009 the UK released Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a man convicted of carrying out the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. They did so, they said, because al-Megrahi had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and only had 3 months to live. At the time, there were people none too happy with that. There have been plenty of people who were convicted of crimes who died in prison because a life sentence is supposed to be, you know, for your whole life.
Now, 3 years after that, the reports are coming in that al-Megrahi has, in fact, died.
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer who was the only person ever convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, died at home in Tripoli Sunday, nearly three years after he was released from a Scottish prison to the outrage of the relatives of the attack’s 270 victims. He was 60.
Scotland released al-Megrahi on Aug. 20, 2009, on compassionate grounds to let him return home to die after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. At the time, doctors predicted he had only three months to live.
Anger over the release was further stoked by the hero’s welcome he received on his arrival in Libya — and by subsequent allegations that London had sought his release to preserve business interests in the oil-rich North African nation, strongly denied by the British and Scottish governments.
Yeah. And has anyone confirmed the body, yet? Either way, this closes a chapter. I pray that al-Megrahi be granted by God the reward he deserves.