Lockerbie bomber finally dies

Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in the Lockerbie bombing, has finally died. He was released in 2009, supposedly on death's door. Subsequent information that came out revealed his release was part of an oil deal between Great Britain and Libya. New York Times: The death of Mr. Megrahi, who always insisted he was innocent, foreclosed a fuller accounting of his role, and perhaps that of the Libyan government under Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, in the midair explosion of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people, including 189 Americans. A former Libyan intelligence officer who worked undercover at Libya's national airline, Mr. Megrahi was found guilty in 2001 of orchestrating the bombing and sentenced to life in prison, with a 27-year minimum. But eight years later, after doctors said he was likely to die within three months, he was freed in 2009 under a Scottish law providing for compassionate release of prisoners with terminal illnesses. Cheering crowds greeted...(Read Full Post)