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Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi
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    (April 1, 1952-May 20, 2012)
    Born in Tripoli, Libya
    Often called 'The Lockerbie Bomber'
    Former Libyan intelligence agent
    Head of security for Libyan Arab Airlines
    Convicted (January 31, 2001) by a panel of Scottish judges sitting in a special court in the Netherlands of 270 counts of murder for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie
    Freed by the Scottish government on 'compassionate grounds' (August 20, 2009)
    It took seven and a half years to extradite him from Libya.
    He served only eight and a half years of his sentence.
    A condition of his release was that he drop his appeal of his conviction, leading to speculation that he was set free to avoid potentially embarrassing disclosures at a retrial.
    Muammar Qaddafi's son, Saif, claimed the release was linked to trade deals between Britain and Libya.
    Senator John Kerry said, 'The news today from Glasgow turned the word 'compassion' on its head.'
    Conservative Party leader David Cameron said, 'This man was convicted of murdering 270 people, he showed no compassion to them, they weren't allowed to go home and die with their relatives in their own bed and I think this is a very bad decision.'
    Lord Fraser, who drew up the indictment against Megrahi, said that the chief prosecution witness, Tony Gauci, was 'an apple short of a picnic.'
    Hans Kochler, a UN observer at the trial, called his conviction 'a spectacular miscarriage of justice.'
    Former CIA analyst Rober Baer claimed that the CIA had prepared a dossier for Megrahi's appeal that would prove that the bombing had actually been masterminded by Iran, not Libya.
    He has prostate cancer and reportedly only has three months to live following his release.

Credit: C. Fishel

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