Megrahi to be freed
The Libyan convicted of killing 270 people in the Lockerbie bombing is expected to be freed from jail on compassionate grounds tomorrow because he is now thought to be close to death, with prostate cancer that is aggressive and advanced.
The Libyan official described al-Megrahi as a national hero and pointed out that the Libyan state has not stopped following his case or showing an interest in his health condition or being assured about what he called the good care accorded to his family during his absence. He said al-Megrahi has become a model for the Libyan citizen who sacrificed himself for his homeland and country and voluntarily accepted the sentence of the international court in The Hague that convicted him, contrary to the truth. He stressed that al-Megrahi is a fully qualified citizen, will have full citizenship rights, and will absolutely not be treated as a prisoner, adding that he would undergo complete medical examination due to his deteriorating physical and mental conditions.