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LOCKERBIE BOMBER LOOKS WEAK, PALE AT HOSPITAL

TRIPOLI, Libya - Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi looked weak and pale, sitting in a wheelchair, as he was visited by a group of African parliamentarians Wednesday in a rare appearance in the hospital where he is being treated for prostate cancer.

Megrahi appeared for only five minutes and did not speak during the visit in the Tripoli Medical Center. Dressed in a hospital gown, he wore a surgical mask over his mouth and nose and a traditional embroidered cap. A line from an IV bottle was hooked into his hand.

Megrahi was freed from a Scottish prison last month on compassionate grounds because doctors said he was dying of his cancer. The release outraged the United States and many relatives of the 270 people killed in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland - and their anger was further fanned by the warm welcome Megrahi received when he arrived home in Libya.

Megrahi returned to Libya on Aug. 20.

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