Lockerbie Bomber Withdraws Appeal against Conviction

World | August 14, 2009, Friday // 17:54
Lockerbie Bomber Withdraws Appeal against Conviction: Lockerbie Bomber Withdraws Appeal against Conviction Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who has terminal prostate cancer, is serving life for murdering 270 people when Pan Am flight 103 exploded in 1988. Photo by

The man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing has applied to abandon his second appeal against his conviction, his lawyers have said.

The news comes after it was reported that Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi looked set to be freed on compassionate grounds next week, the BBC reported.

The Libyan, who has terminal cancer, is serving a life sentence for the murder of 270 people in December 1988.

Lawyers said his condition had taken a "significant turn for the worse".

The Scottish Government insisted that the move was unconnected to any decision it would make about transferring Megrahi to Libya or releasing him on compassionate grounds.

A prisoner transfer cannot take place if criminal proceedings are active. However, the appeal does not need to be dropped to allow his release on compassionate grounds.


We need your support so can keep delivering news and information about Bulgaria! Thank you!

World » Be a reporter: Write and send your article
Tags: Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi
Advertisement All Are Welcome! Join Now!
Bulgaria news (Sofia News Agency - is unique with being a real time news provider in English that informs its readers about the latest Bulgarian news. The editorial staff also publishes a daily online newspaper "Sofia Morning News." (Sofia News Agency - and Sofia Morning News publish the latest economic, political and cultural news that take place in Bulgaria. Foreign media analysis on Bulgaria and World News in Brief are also part of the web site and the online newspaper. News Bulgaria