Pan Am Flight 103 bomber reportedly near death
Mon, 29 Aug 2011 00:41:49 GMT —
The brother of the Libyan man convicted in the Lockerbie bombing says he is in a coma and can no longer communicate with his family.
The Scottish government released Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in 2009, believing he would soon die of cancer. He was greeted as a hero in Libya and met with Moammar Gadhafi.
Speaking outside the family home in Tripoli, his brother Abdel-Nasser said Monday that al-Megrahi will not return to prison in the West, as some have requested because he is "between life and death."
New York senators on Aug. 22 asked the Libyan rebels' transitional government to hold al-Megrahi fully accountable for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103. Al-Megrahi was convicted for the bombing, and released from prison two years ago on compassionate grounds after doctors said at the time he was dying. He returned home to Libya to a hero's welcome.
Rebel leaders have said they will not extradite him.
270 people died when Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Lockerbia, Scotland in 1988. 40 of the victims had ties to Central New York, including 35 Syracuse University students.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.