Reuters: Brother says Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has died—
Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) May 20, 2012
The Lockerbie bomber, Abel Baset al-Megrahi, is dead. Three years after a judge in Scotland released him from jail on “compassionate grounds.” The 270 people he killed received no such compassion. From BBC News:
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only person convicted over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing above Scotland which killed 270 people, has died at his home in the Libyan capital Tripoli.
Megrahi, 59, was convicted by a special court in the Netherlands in 2001.
He was released from prison in Scotland in 2009 on compassionate grounds. He was suffering from cancer and was said to have only months to live.
When he returned to the Libyan capital, he received a hero’s welcome.
Shortly before being freed, Megrahi dropped his second appeal against his conviction.
His release sparked the fury of many of the relatives of the victims of the Lockerbie disaster.
A hero’s welcome; vile. He’s “welcomed” somewhere else now.
Reaction rolls in.
Lockerbie bomber right about now: Alrighty then, where are my 72 virgins? And why is it so hot in here?—
Cheryl Schuch (@ShadowShook) May 20, 2012
The lockerbie bomber is dead… I feel like the cheering monkeys in wizard of oz when the witch died.—
christi taggart (@christiannetag) May 20, 2012
Abdel Baset al-Megrahi ( Lockerbie bomber) has died. Say hello to Osama and Saddam.—
(@TobaccoRdMayor) May 20, 2012
Update: Death confirmed by son.