Lockerbie Bomber's cancer not so terminal

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Predicted to die within months from prostate cancer, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber responsible for the deaths of 270 people when Pan Am flight 103 exploded in mid-air over Lockerbie Scotland in 1988, is still very much alive.

Released from prison on compassionate grounds when diagnosed with terminal cancer leaving him with three months to live, Magrahi is now well enough to walk and talk with no apparent progression of the disease. The three months is the determining time span in Scotland to release prisoners on compassionate grounds.

The general idea is why waste state money and time on a prisoner sentenced to life when they are about to die. Apparently, Professor Sikora, one of the team of doctors who visited Magrahi in prison were pressured by the Libyans to give the three month diagnosis.

The other doctors on the team were far more ambivalent on when Megrahi would die. The official Libyan story is that he is still deteriorating.

Criminal justice workers in Scotland (i.e. probation officers) tasked with phoning the dying Megrahi say he is well enough to talk with them for ten minutes at a time.

Sikora maintains that the bomber is still deteriorating and may just be well taken care of with morphine.

Little information about Megrahi has reached the public and he has not been seen in public since receiving a visit from a delegation of African leaders in September.

Megrahi was diagnosed July 30 and released in mid-August of this year.

Written by Seamus Esparza

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