Scotland says Libya wants Lockerbie bomber back

Scotland's government said Libya has requested the return of the man jailed for his role in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. The request follows the ratification of a prisoner transfer deal with that could allow Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi to serve out the remainder of his sentence in Libya. However, he cannot be transferred unless he drops the appeal against his conviction. The Scottish government must also approve the deal. A Scottish government spokeswoman said Wednesday that officials were considering Libya's request. However she said that if al-Megrahi did not drop his appeal their answer would be no. She spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government policy. Al-Megrahi's lawyers have not returned repeated calls seeking comment.