Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi, the former Libyan intelligence officer convicted of 270 counts of murder by a special court in the Netherlands in 1988 in connection with the Pan Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scottland, is celebrating his birthday in style.
al-Megrahi was released from prison eight months ago after it was learned he was suffering from cancer and had months, if not weeks to live. Today, the murderer spends his birthday relaxing with friends and family at a Libyan mansion after what has been described as a “remarkable recovery” from cancer.
There should have been a requirement this terrorist died in Libya within 90 days or he would be sent back to prison. From the UK Daily Mail courtesy of Sweetness & Light. Is this the way some convicted terrorist murderers will be treated in the future?
The freed Lockerbie bomber will today celebrate his birthday in a Libyan mansion – almost eight months after the ‘dying’ man was released from prison.
Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi is said to have made a ‘remarkable recovery’ after being allowed to return home from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds last year. …
Since returning to the love of family and friends he has made a remarkable recovery.’
The freed bomber has continued radiotherapy in Libya, where the government funds his accommodation, care and provides for his family.
‘Combined with alternative therapies, and a less stressful situation, it is little surprise that Brother Al-Megrahi has improved,’ the source added. ‘Clearly he is still very weak,
and spends all of his days housebound, but he is far better than can be expected.’
Members of the ruling Gaddafi family were said to be ‘certain to send their best wishes’ to Al-Megrahi.
Even a low-key celebration is likely to infuriate relatives of the 270 people killed when Al-Megrahi helped blow up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie on December 21, 1988.
Megrahi was handed a minimum term of 27 years in jail for the attack – but served less than seven-and-a-half years of his sentence.
Update: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air writes…
Well, at least those oil contracts between Libya and the UK are on the mend. Because, as we discovered, that’s all that was really important to the British and Scots governments.