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Lockerbie bomber shown in hospital

TRIPOLI, Libya — A Libyan official said the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing has been hospitalized, and television footage showed him breathing through an oxygen mask, signs his illness from cancer may be worsening shortly after his early prison release sparked international outrage.

The Libyan secretary of state for foreign affairs, Mohammed Siala, said Abdel Baset al-Megrahi was in the hospital and described him as a "dying man."

His comments came after Britain's Channel 4 television showed footage Sunday night of the 57-year-old Megrahi in a Tripoli hospital and wearing an oxygen mask while some members of his family stood nearby.

Megrahi was convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988, killing 259 people on the plane and 11 on the ground. Scotland released him Aug. 20 on compassionate grounds because doctors said he was dying of prostate cancer.

His release and return to Libya where he was greeted warmly at the airport by hundreds of cheering supporters has led to outrage from many of the Lockerbie victims.

Lockerbie bomber shown in hospital 08/31/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 31, 2009 10:15pm]
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