Apr 15 2012
The Blaze The former Libyan intelligence officer convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing was taken to hospital on Saturday for a blood transfusion with his health deteriorating, his family says.
The son of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, Khaled, said his father was carried to Tripoli Medical Center for the second time in two days.
“My dad’s health is very bad and has been worsening,” Khaled told The Associated Press at the family house in Tripoli. “He is on his last breath,” he added.
Al-Megrahi is the only person convicted for the bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people. He was released from a Scottish prison on humanitarian grounds in 2009, eight years into a life sentence. Doctors then predicted that he would die of prostate cancer within three months.
His release infuriated victims‘ families and their anger grew when he was given a hero’s reception in Libya and then lived long past the predictions of the doctors.
Over the past three years, his family has on several occasions said that al-Megrahi is near death, in what was seen as an attempt to justify his release. “I don’t think he can make it this time,” his son said Saturday.