Lawmakers demand Lockerbie bomber medical files

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 11, 2010 02:30

 
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LONDON — Scottish lawmakers demanded Tuesday that their government publish full details of the medical advice that led to the release from prison of the Lockerbie bomber almost a year ago.

Opposition Labour Party legislators called for the prognosis given on Abdel Baset al-Megrahi's health before he was freed on compassionate grounds — and the names of the doctors who made the assessment — to be made public.

The decision to release al-Megrahi from a Scottish prison has stirred anger in the United States and prompted U.S. senators to begin an investigation into the decision.

Al-Megrahi is the only person to have been convicted for the 1988 bombing of a jetliner above the small Scottish town of Lockerbie, which killed 259 people — mostly Americans — on the plane and 11 on the ground.

He was convicted in 2001 and sentenced to serve a minimum of 27 years in a Scottish prison, but in 2008 he was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer. He was freed to return home to Libya on August 20 last year.

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