22 Dec 2010

No medical justification for release of Lockerbie bomber - report

8:48 am on 22 December 2010

A US Congressional inquiry into the decision by the Scottish government to release the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, has concluded that there was no medical justification for his release.

It also casts doubt on the competence of the doctors who examined Abdelbasset al-Megrahi.

The report was issued on the 22nd anniversary of the bombing, in which 270 people died: 259 people aboard Pan Flight 103 and 11 people on the ground.

Megrahi was jailed in 2001 for the bombing.

The investigation states that officials working under former British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown continually pressured Scottish authorities to release Megrahi.

Eventually the Scottish government released Megrahi in August 2009 on compassionate grounds because he was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and had only three months to live.

He returned to Libya following his release and is still alive and is reportedly living in luxury in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.